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In Center for Green Schools 09.19.2014

Get to know our Green Apple Day of Service champion: Lori Braunstein

In the spirit of Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS) being right around the corner, we wanted to profile one of our most successful and committed project captains, Lori Braunstein. Read below for her pro-tips and ideas on how to make the best of this year’s Green Apple Day of Service.   Lori Braunstein is the Director for Green Schools and Community of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. She has been involved with Green Apple Day of Service since last year...

In Center for Green Schools 09.5.2014

Back to school with Green Apple Day of Service

The first day of school pictures have been taken, the back to school jitters have subsided and momentum is building for the third annual Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS). As we prepare for another successful GADOS season full of meaningful service projects and events, I’d like to highlight some of the great projects from last year that went above and beyond to develop creative ways to engage their communities. Last year at the Green Apple Day of Service… ...the students at...

In Center for Green Schools 07.23.2014

Green Sports Alliance kicks off 2014's Green Apple Day of Service

We are 10 weeks out from the official Green Apple Day of Service, but that didn't stop anyone at Aptitud Community Academy in San Jose, Calif., from getting his or her hands dirty this weekend. On Sunday, July 20, I spent the day with volunteers from 360 Architecture, the USGBC Northern California Chapter, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Green Sports Alliance (whom you may remember from the first ever Green Apple Day of Service event), working in an...

In Center for Green Schools 04.24.2014

Blazing the trail for green schools in Louisiana

This month, Kimberly Tseng (LEED AP BD+C) was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers - volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.  Tseng has been a key asset in the launch of USGBC Louisiana’s first-ever Green Schools Challenge. In the program’s inaugural year, she spearheaded a state-wide effort to bring on board over 40 schools – impacting 10 parishes, 37 mentors, and over 7,000...

In Center for Green Schools 09.19.2014

Submit your Green Apple Day of Service video today!

The Green Apple Day of Service was established to help create green schools around the world and improve the places where our students learn. Now in its third year, the Day of Service, which takes place this year on Saturday, Sept. 27, reaches dozens of countries throughout the world. We are working to increase our global presence even further with a new video project, and we want you to showcase your efforts! This year, we are asking all of our Green Apple Day of Service volunteers,...

In Center for Green Schools 09.4.2014

Moving sustainability forward in the Green Ribbon Schools of West Virginia

Note: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, 2) improving health and wellness, and 3) teaching environmental education. To share innovative practices and widely-available resources in these three ‘Pillars,’ the Department conducts an annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour of honorees. Two non-profit organization school sustainability leaders write...

In Center for Green Schools 05.29.2014

Check out our celebration with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus

Congressman Jim Matheson, Chair of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus, and the Center for Green Schools recently co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill to honor 4-year colleges and universities highlighted in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition. The May 8 reception, held in the historic Rayburn House Office Building, brought together more than 100 attendees, including education, advocacy, government, and non-profit leaders. The event was highlighted by...

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 09.12.2014

99 Green Apple Day of Service projects you can start right now

Still wondering how you can be a part of this year’s Green Apple Day of Service? Have your event all planned out for Sept. 27, and looking for more to do? Here are 99 ideas that anyone can implement at their school or campus. Yes, anyone.  In this list you’ll see ideas for teachers, parents, volunteers and students at any grade level, from pre-kindergarten through college and beyond. Pick one, pick two, pick two dozen! Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments...

In Center for Green Schools 07.29.2014

Meet the Green Apple Day of Service team

The Center for Green Schools is thrilled to introduce six new organizers for Green Apple Day of Service 2014. The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. We invite you to reach out to the your region's organizer or visit to make...

In Center for Green Schools 05.6.2014

CCN saves 2.2 million kWh in fourth year!

More than 265,000 students at 109 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada participated in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2014, competing to reduce their energy and water use on campus. Collectively, they saved over 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity — equivalent to averting 3million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere or taking 201 homes off the grid for a year. Students also saved nearly 476,000 gallons of water, or the equivalent of 1.8 million water bottles. With...

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...

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