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Green Schools Fellows are working to change the culture of local school districts

The Center for Green Schools fellows are dedicated sustainability experts placed in school districts to collaborate with district leaders to develop a comprehensive program to realize the full benefits of green building practices.

USGBC saw the profound impact of having a dedicated sustainability champion when we provided the Katrina-stricken Recovery School District in New Orleans with a dedicated coordinator to help rebuild the community’s devastated school infrastructure. Today 20 LEED-certified or -registered schools are now open or under construction and tremendous improvements have been made to facility operations and maintenance practices.

The Center is dedicated to replicating this approach across the country. By partnering with school districts, elected and appointed officials and funders to expand the program, this fellowship will ensure school districts have the tools and resources necessary to not only implement improvements to facilities and operations, but also to sustain these improvements for the long term. Green Schools Fellows will be hired through a rigorous application process and will receive extensive, ongoing training from USGBC and our partners in the green schools movement.


Fellows should have a graduate degree in organizational sustainability, environmental science, the building sciences, public health or a related field or equivalent, as well as extensive and relevant workplace experience. Applicants are not required to be a LEED AP, although strong familiarity with LEED is preferred. Experience within a school district or similar organization will be helpful but is not required. USGBC is looking for individuals who understand the patience and persistence that is required to be a change agent in a sometimes difficult organizational context. Fellows must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and must be self-motivated and self-starting.

How to apply

Fellowship applications are accepted annually. Visit the Center for Green Schools website to learn more.