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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 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...

In Center for Green Schools 09.24.2013

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

In the final installment of of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, I got a chance to speak with Cindy Thompson about a service project she is heading up this year, taking advantage of the resources her mother can help her access as the school's principal. What stuck with me the most after this conversation were Cindy's comments about Day of Service being a chance to show others that the U.S. Green Building Council is more than just LEED certifications; it's an organization with a much...

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 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 10.2.2013

Partners for good, partners for green

Global Communities supports Green Apple Day of Service worldwide Every year at Global Communities, we see the increasingly negative effect of climate change on the lives and livelihoods of our partner communities in more than 20 countries worldwide. Our work involves supporting local governments in providing necessary services to their citizenry, and can involve building schools, clinics, citizen service centers and other critical infrastructure.  We see firsthand the places where they...

In Center for Green Schools 09.23.2013

Senator Harkin calls on GAO for new survey on the condition of America's schools

When we released the Center for Green Schools’ 2013 State of Our Schools Report, we had one objective in mind: to rally the community around the call to Congress to commission a comprehensive survey by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the condition of the nation’s school facilities – a study that hasn’t been done in a whopping 18 years. We were impressed with how the community responded. From President Clinton who wrote a truly compelling forward...

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 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 09.30.2013

What I re-learned on Green Apple Day of Service

I joined several of my USGBC colleagues for a fantastic Green Apple Day of Service at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, MD, my new neighborhood. As students came by to work on the school garden, paint rocks, learn about butterflies and more, we were reminded of some of life's most important lessons that hold as true in the workplace as they do in the schoolyard: Criticizing another person's garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own. Lots of hands working...

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...

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