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Green schools initiatives provide a clear avenue to reach new audiences outside of the green building profession, generating both interest and tangible results. USGBC’s chapter network works creatively through Green School s programs, including Green Schools Challenges, to raise awareness about high-performing buildings , expanding the reach of USGBC’s mission and vision. Check out some Green Schools Challenge resources developed by the chapter network with support of the 2013 USGBC Chapter Grants Program, and then find your local chapter to learn how you can help create more green schools in your community!


Green Schools Challenge Resource Toolkit

Student-led “Green Teams” organized sustainability awareness campaigns and tracked their energy reduction progress through scorecards as part of the Minnesota Green Schools Challenge, reaching 497 students and 8 teachers across the state. Their handy toolkit includes sample scorecards, actitives, and marketing materials.


101 Ways to Green Your School Guide

The Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Green Schools Quest helped area schools pursue sustainability initiatives, simultaneously offering hands-on community engagement opportunities for chapter members and improving local learning environments. School green teams and mentors at nearly 40 participating schools completed projects highlighted in the guide, including educating fellow students on sustainable practices, creating butterfly gardens with native plants, and developing plans to reduce school waste.

Green Schools Scale

The Iowa Green Scales initiative used this sample scorecard for measuring a school’s sustainable practices to award five K12 schools/school districts in the state with a $500 grant for the implementation of a strategic green project or educational program. The chapter’s Green Schools Committee has worked closely on the implementation of the programs, providing an opportunity for members to develop meaningful relationships with schools all over Iowa.


Find your local chapter to help make green schools a reality for everyone within this generation. 

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Project Manager, Community - Idaho, USGBC - Idaho Chapter
Thanks for the resources Cindy.
LEED & Environmental Processes Manager, ManCo Ltda
Good effort! I have a question, a school certified out from USA how will use those tools due to do not have a chapter? An example, Rochester School, first certified LEED School in Colombia Level Gold?
Community Advancement Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thanks for your question Liliana, and congrats on the first certified LEED Gold School in Colombia! The resources linked above were created by our US Chapters but if you are outside the US you don't have to be a part of a chapter to use them. The tools reference sustainable building and operations strategies that should work anywhere.

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