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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 04.10.2015

Celebrating Ohio's 200th LEED certified school

It is an amazing time to live in Ohio and an even more amazing time to work in the K-12 public facility sector. I am a public servant who administers a sustainability program that saves taxpayer dollars and provides extraordinary benefits to our biggest asset, our children. I serve as the Sustainability Administrator for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). We oversee the design and construction of public K-12 schools, state agencies and higher education facilities.  When I...

In Center for Green Schools 04.6.2015

National Healthy Schools Day is here

This year’s National Health Schools Day will take place on April 7, coinciding with Public Health Week, and will encourage communities to rally around their schools to make them healthier places for their valuable occupants. Here at the Center for Green Schools, we think this is a great chance to get started on your Green Apple Day of Service activities or check in on last year’s work!  Children need clean air outside, and they also need clean air inside. The US...

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...

In Center for Green Schools 04.9.2015

LEED Lab in action: Catholic University's LEED Lab Legacy

In the heart of Washington, D.C., the Catholic University of America (CUA) is the proving ground for a new approach to multidisciplinary education. Since the university has no designated sustainability office or officer, faculty developed a course which would provide the platform for environmental literacy among all university parties. It was a necessary transformation; a bottom-up-approach where students became the catalysts for change, proliferated by faculty and staff as a new approach to...

In Center for Green Schools 04.2.2015

LEED Lab in action: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Making the invisible, visible… and valuable. The view from here is good. After five plus years in the stacks of facility plans surrounded by crisis-driven tradesmen and women, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Office of Sustainability emerged out of the secret right of passage of mechanical rooms and loading docks. The transition to a central campus home came after a successful Facility Services collaboration that reduced campus energy usage by 27% per gross square foot, a...

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 04.16.2015

LEED Lab in action: Ball State University

Ball State currently has nine LEED certified buildings, with three more anticipating certification. All are (or hopefully, will be) certified under LEED-NC or LEED-CI, with the first certifications awarded in 2010. How have they been performing? Are we really seeing the reductions in energy consumption and water usage that we anticipated? It is time to find out. LEED® Lab™, a program developed by USGBC to certify buildings under LEED-EB: O+M, was offered for the first time in the...

In Center for Green Schools 04.9.2015

Getting your ducks in a row: Energy efficiency and health in green schools

According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, nearly a third of public schools were rated to have poor or fair building systems, including HVAC systems, demonstrating a need for modern, well-maintained and sustainable indoor environments. Whether you are planning for a retrofit or LEED certification, there are significant indoor air quality (IAQ) and health considerations you will want to keep in mind and address during your project. To help you organize and get all...

In Center for Green Schools 03.31.2015

The Measure of a Green School: Occupant Health

Over the past four years, the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide all schools toward sustainability, not just the very best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award. We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive...

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