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In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Reflections from GSCE 2016: Celebration, inspiration and motivation

Pittsburgh, host city of the 2016 Green Schools Conference, was the perfect example of the power of “greening.” Mayor William Peduto welcomed the 2016 conference attendees by sharing his city’s story of renewal and transformation—from the “City of Smoke” to one of the most livable cities in America. Seventy years ago, Peduto’s predecessor, Mayor David L. Lawrence stated his intent to restore the city to health: “I am convinced that our people want...

In Center for Green Schools 04.13.2016

Nairobi schools continue to grow from Green Apple Day of Service

Ann Wahinya is the program coordinator for the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program, which is implemented by Global Communities in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Global Communities is an international development organization working with communities around the world to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.  For the past three years, Global...

In Center for Green Schools 04.1.2016

At the top of their class: Shining a light on 2016 Best of Green Schools honorees

The Best of Green Schools awards were announced yesterday at the opening plenary of the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a culmination of thoughtful planning, investment, collaboration and development efforts on the part of thousands of leaders, students and volunteers in the green schools movement.  This is the first year that the awards were co-presented by the Green Schools National Network and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. It is an opportunity to...

In Center for Green Schools 03.24.2016

Join us in April for the 2016 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

Spring is a favorite time of year for me. It’s Cherry Blossom season in Washington, D.C., residents are coming out of hibernation, the city is buzzing with activities and visitors—and my colleagues in higher education and sustainability are gathering in Baltimore for the annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference.  When: April 4–5, 2016 Where: Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD This year’s conference theme, “Measuring...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Announcing the 2016 Education Ministerial for Sustainability

Our mission to put every child in a green school within this generation is one that drives the Center for Green Schools team and a dedicated network of tens of thousands of advocates around the globe to work hard on a daily basis. In many ways, Earth Day is just another day for all of us—as it should be. For the broader community, it’s a time of year when people take notice of the environment with renewed spirit and commitment. Six years ago on Earth Day, the U.S. Department of...

In Center for Green Schools 04.1.2016

The greening of Pittsburgh: Next up, schools

This article was previously published on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website as "The greening of Pittsburgh: Next up, schools" on March 24, 2016. Read the original version. Pittsburgh has the only LEED Platinum convention center in the world. The first LEED Gold sports venue in the nation. The largest LEED Silver museum in the country. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a USGBC metric that measures the sustainability of a building’s design, construction, operations...

In Center for Green Schools 03.31.2016

USGBC launches Learning Lab online education platform for K–12 classrooms

Today, USGBC unveils Learning Lab, an online education platform for K–12 teachers to find a robust selection of sustainability curricula. Learning Lab provides teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), encouraging student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action. This launch is an important step toward realizing USGBC’s goal of supporting sustainability education at all stages...

In Center for Green Schools 03.23.2016

Infographic: 2016 State of Our Schools: America's K-12 Facilities

The 2016 State of Our Schools: America’s K–12 Facilities report shows that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding, despite significant effort on the part of local communities. The report was released today by the Center for Green Schools, the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities,   The report features an in-depth, state-by-state analysis of investment in school...

In Center for Green Schools 04.20.2016

Paving the way: Western Technical College pioneers higher education sustainability...

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards, presented by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools and Second Nature. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC caught up with last year’s honoree in the Two-Year Institution category, Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date....

In Center for Green Schools 04.1.2016

At the top of their class: Shining a light on 2016 Best of Green Schools honorees

The Best of Green Schools awards were announced yesterday at the opening plenary of the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a culmination of thoughtful planning, investment, collaboration and development efforts on the part of thousands of leaders, students and volunteers in the green schools movement.  This is the first year that the awards were co-presented by the Green Schools National Network and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. It is an opportunity to...

In Center for Green Schools 03.28.2016

GSCE keynote speaker Rick Fedrizzi has a passion for healthy schools

This article was originally published on the Green Schools National Network blog as “LEEDing by Example: Conference Keynote has Passion for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Schools” Read the original version.  Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC, is not a stranger to the ins and outs and daily challenges faced by schools. His wife, Cathy, a third grade teacher in the Syracuse, N.Y. public school system, has inspired in him a passion for green and healthy schools...

In Center for Green Schools 03.22.2016

Solution Summits at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo

This year’s Green Schools Conference and Expo features Solution Summits to foster meaningful dialogue, with a goal of generating ideas to actualize our collective vision of green schools for all within this generation. The summits will take place concurrently on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 2:00–4:00 p.m.  Register for the Solution Summits Developing a Health Research Agenda In 2006, the National Academies published a paper called “Green Schools:...

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