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In Center for Green Schools 09.20.2013

Video spotlight: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part II

In this second installment of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, members of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC team took some time out of their busy schedules to tell me a bit about the different projects they have teamed up to coordinate. For Nick, Jenny, and Anisa, the Day of Service is exciting because it gives them the chance to connect with schools in their neighborhoods even if they don't have friends or family working or learning in those buildings. Volunteering serves as a...

In Center for Green Schools 09.12.2013

Interview with Mr. Eco, Environmental Rap Superhero

Sometimes you come across a song or an artist that completely transforms your thinking. Mr. Eco is one of these musicians. I first heard about Mr. Eco after watching “Save so Hard,” a video he created to support Campus Conservation Nationals, an energy reduction competition on his former campus of California Polytechnic State University. I was hooked. I've been fortunate enough to follow his career from a student writing spoof lyrics to a fully fledged environmental rap superhero...

In Center for Green Schools 08.22.2013

State lawmakers continue to raise the bar around green schools

At USGBC, we know that state legislators are some of the most influential decision makers in the movement for healthy, high-performing schools. Each year, state lawmakers surpass expectations and prove themselves to be leaders capable of driving real change. That’s why we’ve created specific resources to help this audience most effectively act to bring the benefits of green schools to their communities. Last week, during the 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures, the Center...

In Center for Green Schools 08.13.2013

Financing sustainability: student green fees

Tuition increases are usually met with contention as the cost of higher education continues to rise. Nevertheless, many students across the country are lobbying for their school to institute a student green fee. Student green fees allow college campuses to finance sustainability initiatives and projects that may not have been possible otherwise. During my spring semester at Agnes Scott College, I was able to play an integral part in passing and implementing a student green fee on my campus. Our...

In Center for Green Schools 09.19.2013

Video: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part I

With the second annual Green Apple Day of Service fast approaching, it's a great time to find out what kinds of projects volunteers are undertaking as part of the global effort to make all schools a healthy, sustainable, and a comfortable environment for the students and staff that walk through school doors on a daily basis. To get a better sense of the scope of Day of Service and what motivates volunteers to take part in this great initiative, I sat down with some USGBC staff to chat with them...

In Center for Green Schools 08.23.2013

A student's perspective: Green Apple Day of Service on a college campus

For our first year as an official group at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California, our USGBC Students group have decided to kick off the semester with a Green Apple Day of Service project. We've decided to host a project that is close to home and utilizes some of our campus’ unique features. With these intentions in mind, the USGBC Students in partnership with the LMU Office of Sustainability, will host a Garden Learning Day for the children of the LMU Children...

In Center for Green Schools 08.20.2013

Bike with us to Greenbuild!

The USGBC Students program is now accepting applications from vibrant, passionate students to become a part of the Green Apple Bike Tour this November! We are looking for 15 members of USGBC Students groups of diverse academic backgrounds and skill to make up our team of cyclists. Last year, 20 USGBC Students took a bus from Ithaca, NY to Greenbuild in San Francisco, CA on our Green Apple Bus Tour to Greenbuild. Traveling 3,247 carbon-offset miles, student leaders from seven...

In Center for Green Schools 08.9.2013

Celebrating the creativity of teachers

With nearly 500 teachers in our Green Classroom Professional (GCP) community, the Center for Green Schools is excited that our connection to classrooms around the country has become stronger than ever. The GCP online course and exam has strengthened these teachers’ ability to: Act on what they have learned about their own classroom environment Communicate to their peers about strong actions they can take together And advocate to school administration for the improvements that will most...

In Center for Green Schools 09.17.2013

Interface gives back around the world for Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple is made possible by our generous and supportive partners like Interface. Not only does Interface give resources to Green Apple to ensure that we can run our initiative to show the world that where we learn matters, but they live that philosophy by doing good works on the ground in their communities as well. Below is a dispatch from their recently completed Green Apple Day of Service event in Brazil: At Interface giving back is an inherent part of becoming the restorative...

In Center for Green Schools 08.22.2013

School sustainability leaders: the power on the front line

For the third summer in a row, a small group of powerful people gathered in the USGBC offices this past June to talk green schools strategy. These individuals directly affect the health and education of over 4.3 million students, and their decisions sway local markets and influence the management of millions of square footage of public property. Who are they? They are school district sustainability managers, and they represent the front line of green schools work across the country. This year,...

In Center for Green Schools 08.14.2013

Some InSite into the Solar Decathlon Competition

Team Middlebury is on a solar mission. This fall, the student team will travel from Vermont to California to participate in the Solar Decathlon competition, where the team will unveil the results of its two year blood, sweat and tears--a 956 square-foot home, dubbed InSite. The home, which is designed to promote the community and local living, boasts an array of energy conservation measures, such as passive heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient appliances, a “...

In Center for Green Schools 08.8.2013

Five tips for a successful Green Apple Day of Service

With this year’s Green Apple Day of Service just two months away, it’s time to start thinking about how your project will come together.  I’m asked all the time for ideas on where to get supplies and resources for events, so I pulled together five of my favorite tips for getting what you need to make your Day of Service a success. Think locally: One of the greatest things about the Day of Service is that it provides an entire community with the opportunity to show...

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