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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...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

Green Schools National Conference: One voice, one movement

At last year’s Green Schools National Conference, we called upon all who were assembled to speak with one voice and act as one movement. We’ve spent the last 11 months living that promise and learning when we speak and act as one community, we accomplish so much more. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has teamed up with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) to make this fifth annual Green Schools National Conference the best yet. Since 2010, GSNN has hosted the preeminent...

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 02.10.2015

An update from Georgia: Cheers for green schools

The USGBC Georgia Chapter is excited about the turnout and feedback from the Second Annual High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day at the State Capitol on Feb. 5, 2015. The event brought out over 180 people interested in the schools in Georgia. They were district personnel, principals, teachers, and students, as well as legislators. Senator Margaret Kaiser presented two resolutions that had been approved by the Georgia House of Representatives. Senator Nan Orrock presented a...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

A green schools ambassador shares his story

Mark Swiger is the Best of Green Schools 2014 Honoree in the Ambassador category. Mark is a teacher in Marshall County Schools, WV. Active locally, statewide and nationally, Mark was behind the movement in his county school system to work toward greener building and sustainable operations. Mark partners with the entrepreneurial program at a local university to encourage the initiation of green businesses. Here, in his own words, Mark shares his story and what it means to him to be an ambassador...

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 02.3.2015

Shaw introduces new Green Apple-branded carpet line

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC launched the Green Apple campaign as a way to partner with businesses that share our vision of providing green schools for all within this generation. The Center is proud to welcome Shaw Contract Group, a company truly committed to providing healthy, high-performing, and sustainable learning spaces around the world, as our newest Green Apple partner. Shaw has been engaged in Green Apple Day of Service since its inception, and Shaw employees have...

In Center for Green Schools 01.19.2015

The numbers are in! 2014 Green Apple Day of Service stats

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to focus on what we can do for others, something we know that supporters of the green schools movement do all year long.  Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for Green Apple Day of Service. More than 3,800 events, projects and commitments took place in 43 countries, with 306,000 volunteers supporting the learning environments of more than two million students.  Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of...

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