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In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2014
Milton-Union Exempted Village School in West Milton, Ohio

Congratulations to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!

Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots announced the 2014 class of Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) honorees, highlighting a total of 57 schools and school districts from around the country.  The 48 schools and nine districts hail from 30 state education agencies, and in their own ways are each excelling across the three pillars of this award: minimized building impact and...

In Center for Green Schools 04.2.2014

The Whole-School Sustainability Framework

This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important. And it is also why, at the conference, we released The Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a complement to the...

In Center for Green Schools 03.18.2014

Who's counting? Center for Green Schools 2013 metrics

In 2013, the Center for Green Schools reached further, leveraged greater and invested more than we ever have. How do we know? We are maniacal about tracking our work – whether it be the number of people we engage, the number of resources we distribute or the way people talk about our work in the media, their social networks or in surveys. We welcome you to take a look at our 2013 Year-End Report Card.  The one-page infographic shows how we performed in the context of the goals...

In Center for Green Schools 02.12.2014
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Chevrolet funds campuses to “do more good”

Colleges and universities can now use support from Chevrolet to enhance the energy performance of individual or multiple buildings on a campus as they strive toward delivering superior LEED building performance.  Chevrolet’s Carbon Reduction Initiative is incentivizing colleges and universities to reduce their carbon loads on the atmosphere through the voluntary carbon market; providing the funding needed to drive those clean energy efficiency reductions more deeply. In the...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2014

This Earth Day start with STEM

My favorite part of my job by far is getting to watch and hear about STEM teachers who are making science and math come alive for their students; teachers who are using issues that are both interesting and applicable to their students to demonstrate how STEM truly is all around us.  As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day (which should be every day, by the way), I caught up with one of Teach For America’s alumni teachers, Irene Hsieh (DC Corps ’11), who was awarded a service...

In Center for Green Schools 03.26.2014

Student organizations key to the Illinois CEE experience

Originally published in the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Magazine, Winter 2014 Recently, I shared the stage with David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. I had been asked to participate because of my long involvement with the USGBC student chapter here at Illinois. During the...

In Center for Green Schools 03.12.2014

Now recruiting volunteer national chairs to support Community Green

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, Community Green partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement...

In Center for Green Schools 01.16.2014

Start small with big New Year’s goals

At the start of each year, millions of us resolve to make renewed commitments to healthy living, time with family, philanthropy, financial responsibility and countless other things that better ourselves and our communities. The most successful New Year’s resolutions I’ve made and kept over the years have been ones that approach a big idea through smaller, achievable milestones. When I decided a few years ago that I wanted to read more I started out, with the goal to read one book...

In Center for Green Schools 04.17.2014

10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos)

Now in its fifth year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Colleges that succeed in achieving the highest possible Green Rating score for this guide also earn themselves a place on the Green Honor Roll. Here’s a look at 10 of...

In Center for Green Schools 03.25.2014

Question: Why educate for sustainability?

Answer:  Because we have to learn how to live well in our places without undermining the ability of our places to sustain us over time. If we are to succeed at doing so, then the knowledge, skills and habits-of-mind we need to do so must be cultivated in our schools. The National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability published by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has the potential to accelerate the shift toward the systemic...

In Center for Green Schools 02.27.2014

Vertical gardens growing tall in crowded, urban schools

As volunteers and teachers around the world gear up for Green Apple Day of Service 2014 next September, Riyaz Gayasaddin and Mike Rennard are working with students in Baltimore City Public Schools to research, plan, plant, harvest and—of course—eat vegetables in indoor vertical gardens in their classrooms. Our friends at Teach for America first told us about Gayasaddin, who is one of their teacher trainers, and Rennard, who is a teacher at Green Street Academy. Gayasaddin was...

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...

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