USGBC Georgia Chapter attracts new audiences with high performance healthy schools message
In regions where words like “sustainable” and “green” have difficulty gaining traction, supporters of green building look to alternative methods of getting the message out. The USGBC – Georgia Chapter’s 2013 High Performance Healthy Schools Summit looked to a broad audience of parents, students, and educators to address a growing need for healthier learning spaces for the state’s children. The 2013 summit attracted well over 200 participants and 50+ speakers including teachers, students, school administrators and facility staff, as well as industry professionals and local and national community leaders. Eight awards were presented by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle acknowledging schools and districts for their leadership in sustainability at the event.
On January 29, the chapter will host a Leadership Recognition Day to highlight and recognize those districts, schools, and individuals who have endeavored to make Georgia’s schools healthy and sustainable places to learn and work. The event offers an opportunity to meet with state representatives and discuss the importance of green schools. It will highlight local educators and green schools leaders communicating how high performance healthy schools not only provide monetary savings from energy and water conservation, but also enhance student and teacher performance, reduce absenteeism and protect children’s health and the environment.
Later in 2014, USGBC Georgia will host their second annual Youth Summit in October. The goal of this event is to bring at least 100 students together from across the state to discuss projects and plans to green their schools. This summit will provide another opportunity to follow-up on school sustainability projects that took place during the year and continue the timely and important conversations of high performing healthy schools at the student level.
Learn more and get involved in ensuring Georgia’s schools are high performing and healthy: http://www.hphsga.org.