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In Center for Green Schools 09.29.2015

Excel Dryer has a hand in the Green Apple Day of Service

On September 21, I contributed a piece to the Excel Dryer blog about the company's ongoing commitment to the Green Apple Day of Service. You can read a portion of my piece below, and see the piece in its entirety here. As students return to the classroom and teachers organize their lessons for the next school year, volunteers all over the world are diligently preparing for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service on September 26, and if the past is any indication, this one will be the best one yet....

In Center for Green Schools 09.23.2015

USGBC celebrates World Green Building Week with Green Apple Day of Service

The World Green Building Council’s World Green Building Week is in full swing, celebrating the efforts of Green Building Councils (GBCs) from 100 countries around the world, which in turn represent more than 27,000 organizations. From Sept. 21-27, 2015, GBCs are taking part in events that encourage people to take direct action and make an environmental difference in their communities. This year’s theme, “Powering Positive Change,” reflects our shared mission to...

In Center for Green Schools 09.15.2015

Energy Focus brings a new light to schools through Green Apple partnership

USGBC is proud to welcome Energy Focus as our newest Green Apple Partner. Energy Focus, a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products and technology, is committed to transforming the places where our students learn. “We believe that making our schools healthier and more efficient is more than just an opportunity—it’s a responsibility,” said Eric Hilliard, President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Focus. “Our team is excited to actively support...

In Center for Green Schools 09.8.2015

The greenest roof at Harvard

Green roofs are all the rage these days. Some merely pay lip service to the concept while others, like the green roof atop Batten Hall at Harvard University, are dreamscapes of beautiful design and functionality. In a recent article on Harvard's sustainability blog, Colin Durrant, the school's sustainability communications director, described the unique features of the rooftop and shared stunning photos of the view on the roof. Harvard's Greenest Roof Standing among the flowers and plants on...

In Center for Green Schools 09.28.2015

Celebrating Green Apple Day of Service

It's astounding to consider that in just four short years, Green Apple Day of Service has grown from the tiny seed of an idea to a truly global initiative. Since 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired more than 10,000 school improvement projects, commitments and events in 72 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaging more than 700,000 volunteers. Collectively, your efforts have impacted more than 7 million students worldwide. We have work yet to do—so many schools need our help. I...

In Center for Green Schools 09.18.2015

How are New London Public Schools saving $90k per year?

If you're a green schools advocate, you’re used to championing energy efficiency initiatives. However, it can be very challenging for sustainability professionals with no background in computer networking to advocate for changes related to information technology. You really need a “green IT” expert by your side. During our April 10 webcast, we explored how computer networks and data centers present numerous opportunities to reduce energy costs. Examples include...

In Center for Green Schools 09.10.2015

University Green: Last call to sign up for this monumental green building tour

The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo  is coming to Washington, DC in less than four months; there is no better time than right now to explore the many green building tours taking place in conjunction with the conference. On Monday, November 16 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, the University Green: Living and Learning tour will treat attendees to an inside look at some of the most innovative green building efforts in higher education today, stopping at both the Catholic...

In Center for Green Schools 09.4.2015

Involving students in sustainability leadership

It’s that time again! Students of all ages are racing back into school buildings across the country to be joined by their friends, ready for new lessons and challenges. They are learning some new names and asked to share what they did over the summer. Hundreds of students, grades 2-12, will likely be talking about the environmental service projects that they planned, ran, or volunteered at as part of their membership in the National Green Schools Society (NGSS). Not only does NGSS, a...

In Center for Green Schools 09.25.2015

What the Green Apple Day of Service means to USGBC staff

With just one more day to go until the fourth annual Green Apple Day of Service, we decided it would be good to reflect, personally, on what this occasion and movement has come to mean to us as staff members of USGBC. The first person to volunteer her thoughts was Suzi Warren. Suzi is a Community Advancement Associate with USGBC’s National Capital Region and has a special history with the Green Apple Day of Service, having worked as a capacity organizer for the 2014 Day of Service. Here...

In Center for Green Schools 09.16.2015

What if? Inspiration for service learning opportunities

During the economic downturn, as business slowed, one company in Minnesota looked around and asked “what if?” What if, in the face of uncertainty, we plant a garden within the abundance of green space at our corporate headquarters and donate the food to those in need in our community? Retail Construction Services, Inc. put that question into action and the Giving Garden was planted in 2009. RCS made their first donation of food to Valley Outreach Food Shelf in Stillwater, MN that...

In Center for Green Schools 09.9.2015

Finding resources for your Green Apple Day of Service

While plenty of Green Apple Day of Service projects can be low- or no-cost endeavors, some of your ideas may take a little more than elbow grease to accomplish. Inspired by Brady Barkdull from the USGBC Wyoming Chapter, who is using a crowdfunding campaign to support his 2015 Green Apple Day of Service project (check out his campaign for a recycling program at Victor Elementary School in Victor, Idaho), we’ve gathered several creative project financing ideas so that...

In Center for Green Schools 09.2.2015

Submit a proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo

The Green Schools Conference & Expo, formerly the Green Schools National Conference, is accepting proposals from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments. Green Schools Conference & Expo March 31-April 1, 2016Pittsburgh, PA Submit a proposal or learn more The deadline for submittals is Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 5:00 pm EDT. The Green Schools Conference & Expo is also seeking peer reviewers...

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