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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:...

In Center for Green Schools 03.18.2016

Thomas Jefferson Sustainable High School: A student’s perspective

This article is the first in a series from Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ), a school system in Mexico with locations in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Queretaro. ITJ has been working closely with USGBC’s Center for Green Schools to integrate sustainability by focusing on improvements in the physical place, educational program and organizational culture of the institution. This “Whole School Sustainability” framework helps integrate, document, communicate and measure the impact...

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 03.22.2016

Nominate your school for the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards

The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, presented in partnership with USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network.  Recipients are selected based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities and student preparedness related to sustainability and climate action. Award winners will be recognized as part...

In Center for Green Schools 03.16.2016

Celebrating the movement: Reflections on GSCE

Jennifer Seydel is the Executive Director of the Green Schools National Network, partner presenter of the Green Schools Conference and Expo. For the past six years, I have been honored and humbled to be part of this amazing gathering of teachers, school leaders and green school champions, better known as the Green Schools Conference and Expo, March 31–April 1 this year in Pittsburgh, Pa. I have come to refer to the annual conference as our “tribal gathering,” since...

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 03.21.2016

Develop your professional network at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo

Connect with a community of professionals passionate about healthier, higher-performing schools during the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), taking place later this month in Pittsburgh.  GSCE offers conferencegoers a wide range of networking opportunities through its extensive Exhibit Hall, sessions and workshops. In the Exhibit Hall, meet the innovators behind the green schools research and special project posters on display. For new...

In Center for Green Schools 03.15.2016

Inspiration overload: Top five highlights of GSCE

Steph Leonard is a community engagement manager with USGBC Minnesota.  Working in support of the green schools movement offers a breadth and depth of realities, opportunities and challenges. On any given day, I could be touring a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified school whose teaching philosophy treats the space as a learning tool and is celebrated by the community, and the next I could be huddled in a windowless classroom talking to a school representative who is trying to develop a green...

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