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In Center for Green Schools 01.8.2014

My green schools New Year’s resolution

I’ve always been resistant to making New Year's resolutions. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it seems cliché; maybe I’m annoyed that my yoga classes are now swamped with people who have made resolutions to be more healthy, balanced and zen in the new year. But this year, I am making a new year’s resolution of a professional nature. A recent study found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals by writing them down, so here...

In Center for Green Schools 12.11.2013

A monumental day for Ohio

Today at the Ohio State House, teachers, school leadership and elected officials from across the state are gathering to celebrate the first 100 LEED certified schools.  Ohio leads the nation with more LEED certified public schools than any other state, and hundreds more are on the way. 100 poster boards – one dedicated to each school and the community that it serves – are on display in the state house today, sending a powerful message to the Ohio Senate that Ohio’s green...

In Center for Green Schools 11.12.2013

The Green Apple Bike Tour begins today!

Today kicks off the eight day Green Apple Bike Tour where 14 USGBC Students, Emerging Professionals and staff will cycle over 200 miles from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, PA to spread awareness about the importance of safe, healthy and sustainable schools. Along the way, we’ll complete three service projects at local schools in D.C., Lancaster and Philadelphia. When we arrive in Philadelphia, we’ll bring our work to Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference...

In Center for Green Schools 10.23.2013

How much could your school save?

Last week, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC released "Powering Down: Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K-12 Schools," a toolkit that follows the experiences of five public schools that have reduced electricity use by an astonishing 20 to 37 percent through behavior-based strategies alone. The paper, which was written with lead author Kate Crosby, looks to these schools as models for others and examines common strategies for every school to reduce its energy usage. Energy...

In Center for Green Schools 12.20.2013

Announcing the fall 2013 Trailblazing Teachers

This fall, the Center for Green Schools received another wave of impressive applications from around the country for our Trailblazing Teacher Awards - a small grant that we give out to deserving teachers to use toward an environmental initiative in their classroom. The creativity and dedication that shows through each of the educators’ applications is humbling and inspiring (it’s no secret that our staff love to be picked as the review committee for these awards). For the second...

In Center for Green Schools 12.11.2013

Press Play: Green Apple Bike Tour

USGBC recently hosted our first Green Apple Bike Tour, an eight-day biking adventure from DC to Philadelphia with students and emerging professionals, led by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. We wanted to not only educate schools on the importance...

In Center for Green Schools 11.8.2013

Green Apple Day of Service: Accelerating green building through education

As we look ahead to Greenbuild, we do so knowing that our schools are more sustainable today than they were a year ago thanks to the hard work of the Center for Green Schools. The Center’s recent Green Apple Day of Service netted nearly 2,100 volunteer projects globally, with thousands of volunteers spreading the word about the benefits of a sustainable environment.  Here at United Technologies, we were proud to expand our Green Apple Day of Service participation to 19 events across...

In Center for Green Schools 10.11.2013

This is why we do it.

This is why we do it. This is why we get to work early and this is why we stay late. This is why we work our hearts out nurturing relationships, scrupulously discovering and creating the newest green schools research and wracking our brains about how to be bigger, better and bolder. Because it matters. While I sit at my desk doing all of the above every day, it’s a rare and momentous occasion when I get to feel with overwhelming power the fruit of our labor and the significance of our...

In Center for Green Schools 12.17.2013

Center for Green Schools at USGBC Announces Best of Green Schools 2013 List

Recipients Demonstrate Innovative Approaches to School Sustainability, Recognized for Commitment to LEED and Healthy, High-Performing Schools  WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Dec.17, 2013) — The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced its third annual “Best of Green Schools” list, which recognizes top educational institutions, individuals and initiatives across the country for environmental efforts. “In reviewing the nominations...

In Center for Green Schools 11.14.2013

What it means to be a restorative business

With our recent participation in the Green Apple Day of Service and an inspiring Greenbuild show in Philadelphia before us, we’ve been reflecting on emergent trends in the world of sustainability. Of the many conversations out there—the role of partnerships and collaboration, materials transparency, social impact, design and health and resiliency—it’s the social impact, the concept of becoming a restorative enterprise that resonates most with us. And it’s not a...

In Center for Green Schools 10.24.2013

School retrofit financing: get guidance in 60 minutes

If you’re heading to Greenbuild 2013 Conference and Expo in November, don’t miss the chance to attend the Center for Green School’s education session: “Green Schools Investment Guide.” Led by the Center's director Rachel Gutter and colleagues from Architecture for Humanity, this charette-style session offers the chance  to work with fellow attendees to apply concepts for planning, financing and implementing school building improvements designed to...

In Center for Green Schools 10.10.2013

Second annual Green Apple Day of Service a global success

This year’s Green Apple Day of Service is behind us, and volunteers at more than 2,000 schools and campuses joined us to make an impact. Projects took place in all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, with participants showing that their communities are committed to healthy, safe and sustainable schools. Every dot on the map at mygreenapple.org represented a different commitment to better schools and a team effort from start to finish. Team is a word that comes so easily when talking about...

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