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In Center for Green Schools 09.2.2015

The Green Apple Day of Service: An especially valuable endeavor

We can all agree that north of 300,000 volunteers actively contributing to healthy, safe, efficient, and productive learning environments is a tremendous benefit to the green schools movement. Each participant brings additional strength to the effort. However, it is often overlooked that participation also has tremendous value for the students who decide to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Here are some of the ways Green Apple Day of Service is an especially valuable endeavor for you whether...

In Center for Green Schools 08.17.2015

Green Sports Alliance assembles a winning team for Green Apple Day of Service

On Sunday, June 28, the Green Sports Alliance launched their 2015 Summit in Chicago with a special Green Apple Day of Service project co-presented by Connor Sports with partners Chicago Public Schools, HOK, Skanska, Excel Dryer, USGBC-Illinois, and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “The Green Sports Alliance is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play,” said Scott Jenkins, Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium General...

In Center for Green Schools 08.3.2015

Community Green: Building valuable skills for high-impact careers

Community Green was launched by USGBC in 2012 to engage community colleges and help prepare students for careers in the sustainability field. The program connects two-year institutions with industry-leading green building education materials, equipping students to become qualified candidates for jobs in the green economy. The program has thrived over the past three years, thanks to generous support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which underwrites access to learning resources...

In Center for Green Schools 07.2.2015

A nod to the nominees: Learn more about the 2015 Greenest School on Earth candidates

In April we announced that the 2015 Greenest School on Earth is in Pickering, Canada, just outside of Toronto. Dunbarton High School features a dynamic and engaging waste management program, pollinator protection in the form of bee condominiums, and numerous educational opportunities led and embraced by students and teachers alike. What’s more, the surrounding community has taken up the cause, offering up their compost bins for students to dispose of the school’s food waste,...

In Center for Green Schools 08.25.2015

The Climate Leadership Awards: Recognizing excellence in higher education leadership

Institutions of higher education represent many things to many different people. They are temples of learning, understanding and growth, centers for research and discovery, homes away from home during some of the most formative years of young adulthood and, often, beacons of leadership on challenging and controversial issues. When it comes to the mitigation of climate change, it seems only natural that the higher education sector play a leadership role. Second Nature is a nonprofit committed to...

In Center for Green Schools 08.15.2015

USGBC Idaho: Green Schools Challenge

USGBC Idaho is issuing a challenge—green your school! Having a more sustainable school building can lower operating costs and have a positive effect on students, teachers and the community. Our goal is to empower students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments. About the 2016 Challenge How do schools save money and improve student health and performance by being green? On average, green schools use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than...

In Center for Green Schools 07.30.2015

New white paper examines the impact of state level school green cleaning laws

Green cleaning in schools has long been championed by parents, school staff, sustainability leaders, and cleaning industry professionals, but what about by state leadership? Since 2006, 10 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws which address green cleaning in schools. And while there has been an increasing push for schools, school districts, and states to adopt green cleaning practices, little work has been done analyzing the successes of these laws. Which got us thinking,...

In Center for Green Schools 06.24.2015

Elon University: 25 LEED buildings and counting

Elon University, located in central North Carolina, is a liberal arts university with nationally recognized professional programs in business, communications, education, law and health sciences. Since its founding in 1889, Elon has been grounded in a mission to develop global citizens. It is a recognized leader in engaged learning and is consistently honored as one of the nation’s top universities for community service and study abroad. The 620-acre campus is itself a botanical...

In Center for Green Schools 08.24.2015

ISSA's valuable insight into green cleaning for schools

Recently, ISSA was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the development of a new resource authored by USGBC's Center for Green Schools—it’s called Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws (hereinafter “Perspectives”). As the title suggests, this white paper assesses the impact of state laws and policies on the adoption of green cleaning in schools. While this resource has significant implications for public policy...

In Center for Green Schools 08.12.2015

Introducing CoCo & Dean: Green Apple Day of Service inspiration

With the Center for Green School’s Green Apple Day of Service right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how your community or classroom can get involved in a local service project to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments.   USGBC-North Carolina’s very own Emily Scofield offers her first book, CoCo & Dean: Explorers of the World, as inspiration. Scofield’s book provides children with the education and...

In Center for Green Schools 07.29.2015

Green Apple Day of Service buzz: Bee hotels in Kansas

A Green Apple Day of Service project from earlier this year has already gained national attention from the likes of the Washington Post and LA’s National Public Radio for its approach to solving the rapid decline in native bee populations. Staff at PROSOCO, led by sustainability and environment manager Kay Johnson, partnered with a team of architects at Clark | Huesemann, and researchers from the University of Kansas Biological Survey to combat one of the biggest culprits of...

In Center for Green Schools 06.17.2015

Pillars of success: Celebrating the 2015 ED-Green Ribbon Schools

“Where we learn matters” is the mantra of the Center for Green Schools; it reminds us that healthier, more sustainable schools are not a luxury, but a necessity.  On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, more than 325 green schools champions came together for a reception honoring the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. Working alongside U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the Center for Green Schools hosted the event to celebrate the enormous success of the...

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