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In Center for Green Schools 07.30.2015

New white paper examines the impact of state level school green cleaning laws

Green cleaning in schools has long been championed by parents, school staff, sustainability leaders, and cleaning industry professionals, but what about by state leadership? Since 2006, 10 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws which address green cleaning in schools. And while there has been an increasing push for schools, school districts, and states to adopt green cleaning practices, little work has been done analyzing the successes of these laws. Which got us thinking,...

In Center for Green Schools 06.24.2015

Elon University: 25 LEED buildings and counting

Elon University, located in central North Carolina, is a liberal arts university with nationally recognized professional programs in business, communications, education, law and health sciences. Since its founding in 1889, Elon has been grounded in a mission to develop global citizens. It is a recognized leader in engaged learning and is consistently honored as one of the nation’s top universities for community service and study abroad. The 620-acre campus is itself a botanical...

In Center for Green Schools 05.27.2015

Register for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more.  This year's Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Register your 2015 project today Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact and ...

In Center for Green Schools 05.18.2015

New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning

Until now, it may seem bizarre, but the holistic impact of classroom design on the learning of school pupils has been pretty much an unknown quantity. Although many people intuitively feel that classroom design is important for effective learning, there has in fact been very little real evidence. Of course the challenge is far from simple, as there are a myriad of design factors in play within every classroom. So the University of Salford’s research team targeted primary (or...

In Center for Green Schools 07.29.2015

Green Apple Day of Service buzz: Bee hotels in Kansas

A Green Apple Day of Service project from earlier this year has already gained national attention from the likes of the Washington Post and LA’s National Public Radio for its approach to solving the rapid decline in native bee populations. Staff at PROSOCO, led by sustainability and environment manager Kay Johnson, partnered with a team of architects at Clark | Huesemann, and researchers from the University of Kansas Biological Survey to combat one of the biggest culprits of...

In Center for Green Schools 06.17.2015

Pillars of success: Celebrating the 2015 ED-Green Ribbon Schools

“Where we learn matters” is the mantra of the Center for Green Schools; it reminds us that healthier, more sustainable schools are not a luxury, but a necessity.  On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, more than 325 green schools champions came together for a reception honoring the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. Working alongside U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the Center for Green Schools hosted the event to celebrate the enormous success of the...

In Center for Green Schools 05.26.2015

Be part of the conversation about sustainable schools at EDspaces

The best place to find out about sustainable design and purchasing trends that are shaping today’s cutting-edge learning environments is EDspaces, which is an international tradeshow and conference that brings together professionals who design, equip and manage innovative learning environments and the manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential solutions. This year’s event, taking place October 28-30, will tap into the city’s commitment to...

In Center for Green Schools 04.24.2015

The Greenest School on Earth: How do you choose?

Out of the most impressive and inspiring school buildings in the entire world, how do you choose just one to name the Greenest School on Earth? The task is a daunting one, but also an incredibly rewarding one. This year, our Greenest School on Earth program received over 300 percent more applications than last year from schools that are making tremendous progress in providing better education to our world’s future leaders. As the program’s application numbers have grown, so has its...

In Center for Green Schools 07.2.2015

A nod to the nominees: Learn more about the 2015 Greenest School on Earth candidates

In April we announced that the 2015 Greenest School on Earth is in Pickering, Canada, just outside of Toronto. Dunbarton High School features a dynamic and engaging waste management program, pollinator protection in the form of bee condominiums, and numerous educational opportunities led and embraced by students and teachers alike. What’s more, the surrounding community has taken up the cause, offering up their compost bins for students to dispose of the school’s food waste,...

In Center for Green Schools 06.12.2015

Learn about school district sustainability in a new report from the Center for Green...

Ever wonder what a school district sustainability director does? Within the last five years, the network of school district sustainability staff that the Center for Green Schools convenes has grown four fold, and we've launched four successful Green Schools Fellowships. In the process, we've gleaned a lot of information about what it takes to get sustainability moving in a school system. In a new report the Center details findings from surveys and interviews conducted by our graduate...

In Center for Green Schools 05.19.2015

Infographic: Campus Conservation Nationals 2015

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, through its USGBC Students program and in partnership with Lucid, the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation, is pleased to announce the results of the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2015 competition. View the press release. From Feb. 1 through April 30, 2015, students and staff competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls’ energy use over a three-week period. In its fifth year, more than 343,000...

In Center for Green Schools 04.17.2015

Jump in to the future of K-12 education

Imagine the possibilities: millions of teachers equipped and empowered to engage their students in learning that fosters individual happiness and global sustainability. It’s not pie-in-the-sky, and with your participation, we can make it a reality. Today, the Center for Green Schools kicks off its latest initiative: an online education platform to provide K12 schools one-stop access to the best education resources for sustainability. Encourage your favorite educator to apply here to take...

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