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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 03.24.2015

The Measure of a Green School: Environmental Impact

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...

In Center for Green Schools 03.12.2015

The Center's "Coolest Teacher" heads to Antarctica, again

I have now said the phrase, “Yes, it’s true, I’m going back to Antarctica” to so many people so many times, that I’m actually starting to believe it myself. It seems too good to be true, but yes, it is happening! In less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane that will take me to the coldest, driest, most inhospitable place on the planet. And this year, I will be bringing one of my 12-year-old student leaders with me, Aidan. You'll be able to read about our...

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...

In Center for Green Schools 03.23.2015

A garden designed and built by students at Wyoming Food for Thought

USGBC Wyoming Chapter volunteer Mayda Colón is leading a partnership in Casper, engaging elementary school students with the design-build process and bringing a much needed garden to the community. Partners include Wyoming Food for Thought Project, U.S. Green Building Council Wyoming Chapter, North Casper Elementary School, GSG Architecture The idea of teaching a garden design‐build class started last summer when Jamie Purcell and I were walking around the new ...

In Center for Green Schools 03.6.2015

Reaching new heights: Dunbar is the highest scoring LEED for Schools-NC project to date

Something remarkable has happened in Washington, DC. Beyond the glare of the news cycle, the political positioning and the national debates, Dunbar High School, located a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol building, has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Not only has the school reached this milestone, it has become the highest-scoring school in the world certified under the LEED for Schools-New Construction rating system. Scoring 91 out of 110 possible points, the newly constructed...

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 03.26.2015

LEED Lab in action: University of California, Santa Barbara

During the 2014-2015 academic year, 22 students from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are participating in a multi-term LEED® Lab™course, working to certify UCSB's Student Resource Building (SRB) under EB: O+M. The team is led by Cassidy Green and Brandon Kaysen, both LEED APs and UCSB alumni, and includes a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate students from several disciplines at UCSB. These students have joined together to learn the ins-and-outs of LEED and...

In Center for Green Schools 03.16.2015

The Measure of a Green School: Environmental and sustainability literacy

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, and not just the 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...

In Center for Green Schools 03.5.2015

Nature's Voice Project fosters compassion and community in green schools

The Nature’s Voices Project is an initiative of the Green Schools Initiative that combines the power of environmental education, storytelling and youth voices to build support for a sustainable, resilient and equitable world. We amplify the voices of young people by collecting, sharing and showcasing their environmental inspirational stories with decision-makers, educators, our allies and the general public through online and community platforms. Read below to hear from the 2015...

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