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In Center for Green Schools 08.22.2013

School sustainability leaders: the power on the front line

For the third summer in a row, a small group of powerful people gathered in the USGBC offices this past June to talk green schools strategy. These individuals directly affect the health and education of over 4.3 million students, and their decisions sway local markets and influence the management of millions of square footage of public property. Who are they? They are school district sustainability managers, and they represent the front line of green schools work across the country. This year,...

In Center for Green Schools 08.14.2013

Some InSite into the Solar Decathlon Competition

Team Middlebury is on a solar mission. This fall, the student team will travel from Vermont to California to participate in the Solar Decathlon competition, where the team will unveil the results of its two year blood, sweat and tears--a 956 square-foot home, dubbed InSite. The home, which is designed to promote the community and local living, boasts an array of energy conservation measures, such as passive heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient appliances, a “...

In Center for Green Schools 08.8.2013

Five tips for a successful Green Apple Day of Service

With this year’s Green Apple Day of Service just two months away, it’s time to start thinking about how your project will come together.  I’m asked all the time for ideas on where to get supplies and resources for events, so I pulled together five of my favorite tips for getting what you need to make your Day of Service a success. Think locally: One of the greatest things about the Day of Service is that it provides an entire community with the opportunity to show...

In Center for Green Schools 08.2.2013

Mid-year report card highlights Center victories and momentum

Today, the Center for Green Schools released its mid-year report card, which checks in on progress toward our 2013 goals and reviews the most meaningful and quantifiable moments of the first two quarters of the calendar year. The report card is organized using the Center’s four strategic goals as subsections, and utilizes a combination of graphics, icons and imagery to illustrate our current standings as we track toward annual goals. As with previous report cards (view 2011 and 2012), we...

In Center for Green Schools 08.22.2013

State lawmakers continue to raise the bar around green schools

At USGBC, we know that state legislators are some of the most influential decision makers in the movement for healthy, high-performing schools. Each year, state lawmakers surpass expectations and prove themselves to be leaders capable of driving real change. That’s why we’ve created specific resources to help this audience most effectively act to bring the benefits of green schools to their communities. Last week, during the 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures, the Center...

In Center for Green Schools 08.13.2013

Financing sustainability: student green fees

Tuition increases are usually met with contention as the cost of higher education continues to rise. Nevertheless, many students across the country are lobbying for their school to institute a student green fee. Student green fees allow college campuses to finance sustainability initiatives and projects that may not have been possible otherwise. During my spring semester at Agnes Scott College, I was able to play an integral part in passing and implementing a student green fee on my campus. Our...

In Center for Green Schools 08.7.2013

New resource: the campus as a living lab

Providing hands-on learning opportunities for students has been a longtime priority of the Center for Green Schools and has been championed by the USGBC Students programs. Building on the success of Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement, we are proud to announce a new resource that walks community colleges through a step-by-step process for utilizing their campus facilities in course curriculum. The Campus as a Living Lab: Using the Built Environment to Revitalize College...

In Center for Green Schools 07.23.2013

Getting to know John Mandyck of United Technologies

United Technologies (UTC) is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. As Founding Sponsor of the Center for Green Schools, UTC's generous support helps the Center raise the volume on USGBC’s efforts to drive wholesale change in how schools are designed, constructed and operated so that they enhance the learning experience for students and save money for school districts and...

In Center for Green Schools 08.20.2013

Bike with us to Greenbuild!

The USGBC Students program is now accepting applications from vibrant, passionate students to become a part of the Green Apple Bike Tour this November! We are looking for 15 members of USGBC Students groups of diverse academic backgrounds and skill to make up our team of cyclists. Last year, 20 USGBC Students took a bus from Ithaca, NY to Greenbuild in San Francisco, CA on our Green Apple Bus Tour to Greenbuild. Traveling 3,247 carbon-offset miles, student leaders from seven...

In Center for Green Schools 08.9.2013

Celebrating the creativity of teachers

With nearly 500 teachers in our Green Classroom Professional (GCP) community, the Center for Green Schools is excited that our connection to classrooms around the country has become stronger than ever. The GCP online course and exam has strengthened these teachers’ ability to: Act on what they have learned about their own classroom environment Communicate to their peers about strong actions they can take together And advocate to school administration for the improvements that will most...

In Center for Green Schools 08.5.2013

Win some green to make a difference

Need a little help with your Green Apple Day of Service project? We're giving away three Visa gift cards to help you transform your school into a healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning space where students have clean and healthy air to breathe, and where energy and resources are conserved. It's as simple as 1, 2, 3... Step 1: Download the free Green Apple - Where we Learn Matters app on your iPhone or iPad Step 2: Take a photo of yourself (or a friend!) outside/...

In Center for Green Schools 07.3.2013
Q&A at the Mid Year Meeting

Green school leaders convene at USGBC's Mid Year Meeting

For the third year running, USGBC dove into summer by convening our key volunteer leadership from across the country and even a few from other parts of the world at our annual mid-year meeting (affectionately known by the USGBC team as MYM). This year, our community descended upon steamy Indianapolis, Indiana, which managed to be hotter than the other two previous two locations – Stone Mountain, GA and San Antonio, TX. Having attended every MYM to date, there weren’t many surprises this year....

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