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In Center for Green Schools 01.28.2016

Greening higher education: Q&A with Rachel Gutter

Last October, USGBC, along with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Second Nature, committed to more deeply collaborate on sustainability in higher education toward the goal of graduating more than 20 million “global sustainability citizens” across all majors by 2025. We interviewed leaders from each organization to get their take on what the commitment means to them, and the results...

In Center for Green Schools 12.3.2015

Ninety-two percent of Americans agree: Where we learn matters

During the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the Center for Green Schools shared the results of a recent survey that measures the perceived state of public school buildings and awareness of green issues. The findings of the survey point to a growing awareness of the need for better school infrastructure. This year, we saw a marked increase in support for improving schools. Up from 2013, 92 percent of Americans believe it is important to improve public school buildings, while...

In Center for Green Schools 11.6.2015

Collaborating for the future of higher education sustainability

On Monday, Oct. 26 at the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference, USGBC announced alongside our partners—AASHE, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Second Nature—a commitment to collaborate more deeply and align our work in the higher education sector. With this commitment came a pledge to work together in three areas in support of a vision for the movement. Below is our joint statement describing our commitment,...

In Center for Green Schools 09.29.2015

Last call! Submit a proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo

Don't miss the opportunity to submit your proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo. We're looking for educators, nonprofits, governmental agencies and corporate entities who are allies and are eager to share their knowledge and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, October 2. Green Schools Conference & Expo March 31-April 1, 2016Pittsburgh, PA Submit a proposal or learn more The...

In Center for Green Schools 01.7.2016

Apply now for the 2016 School Sustainability Leaders Summit

The Center for Green Schools is hosting the sixth annual School Sustainability Leaders' Summit in conjunction with the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—marking a shift in location and date from previous years. The summit will be held from March 29-30, 2016, while the conference will run March 31-April 1. The School Sustainability Leaders’ Summit is the only convening in the country specifically designed for staff of school districts...

In Center for Green Schools 12.2.2015

Discounted LEED Green Associate exam pricing for students

USGBC is pleased to announce that, for the first time, students will be able to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam for a reduced fee of $100. The regular exam price is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for nonmembers. (Only one discount may be applied per exam.) Recognizing the struggles many students face with debt, the unpredictable job market and cost of living once they graduate, USGBC is committed to supporting emerging professionals and current students in pursuit of careers related...

In Center for Green Schools 11.5.2015

Recognizing the 2015 School District Scholarship awardees

Each year, the Center for Green Schools brings together, in person, a community of school system staff who are the point persons for sustainability in their cities’ or towns’ schools. However, each year, there are faces missing, because our network is full of passionate professionals who don’t have the permission or the funding to travel to professional development or peer networking events. These are often the people who most need to connect with like-minded professionals and...

In Center for Green Schools 09.29.2015

Excel Dryer has a hand in the Green Apple Day of Service

On September 21, I contributed a piece to the Excel Dryer blog about the company's ongoing commitment to the Green Apple Day of Service. You can read a portion of my piece below, and see the piece in its entirety here. As students return to the classroom and teachers organize their lessons for the next school year, volunteers all over the world are diligently preparing for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service on September 26, and if the past is any indication, this one will be the best one yet....

In Center for Green Schools 12.9.2015

The Go Green Challenge in Detroit gets a boost

As the year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on how pleased Detroit Public Schools is to receive one of this year’s School District Scholarships from the Center for Green Schools. We are in the fourth year of administering our districtwide sustainability program, the DPS Go Green Challenge (GGC). The opportunities presented by this scholarship will allow the district to provide professional development for its staff and overall technical assistance to the Office of Energy and...

In Center for Green Schools 11.16.2015

Join Green Apple at Greenbuild 2015

At Greenbuild 2015, you'll want to stop by the Green Apple booth (#2251). Our booth will feature lots of exciting programming, including book signings with authors and green schools champions, meet-and-greets with our Green Apple partners and the chance to see the winning student submissions of USGBC North Carolina’s Natural Talent Design Competition. We’ll also be showing photos and videos from Green Apple Day of Service projects that took place all over the world this past year....

In Center for Green Schools 10.29.2015

Albuquerque students' Green Apple Day of Service booth yields hundreds of energy...

Students from the Del Norte High School’s Earth Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, participated in this year’s Green Apple Day of Service. The DNHS Earth Club, sponsored by biology teacher Jim Butscher, partnered with the state Energy Conservation & Management Division of the Minerals & Natural Resources Department at their display at the opening weekend of the 2015 New Mexico State Fair. The students had hundreds of fair-goers sign Energy Pledges asking for a commitment...

In Center for Green Schools 09.28.2015

Celebrating Green Apple Day of Service

It's astounding to consider that in just four short years, Green Apple Day of Service has grown from the tiny seed of an idea to a truly global initiative. Since 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired more than 10,000 school improvement projects, commitments and events in 72 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaging more than 700,000 volunteers. Collectively, your efforts have impacted more than 7 million students worldwide. We have work yet to do—so many schools need our help. I...

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