Tools for bringing green schools to communities everywhere
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!
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.
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.
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.