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Greening Our Schools: A State Legislator's Guide to Best Policy Practices

GBCI: 0920010377

A toolkit and comprehensive guide for state lawmakers who are developing policy solutions that improve the health, productivity, efficiency, and fiscal responsibility of schools in their state.
Eligible for 4 CE HOURS.
  • 4 CE

Published on: February 23, 2017

Average: 4.4 (18 votes)


Note: This report is available for free through the Center for Green Schools. The associated quiz and continuing education hours are available for purchase on this page.

“Greening Our Schools: A State Legislator’s Guide to Best Policy Practices” is a guide for state lawmakers working to advance healthy, productive, and efficient schools. This comprehensive resource includes a broad sampling of best policy practices, need-to-know details on successful green schools initiatives, and a comprehensive communications and messaging guide. Additional resources include a glossary of key terms, a sample green schools resolution, project profiles, and fact sheets.

Written with input from more than 30 legislators from across the country, this guide features their best practices, advocacy strategies, challenges and solutions, as well as messages and communications strategies that resonated with colleagues and constituents alike.

By using this guide and working with like-minded allies, state legislators can ensure that children are taught in healthy learning environments that conserve resources and promote environmental stewardship for years to come.


  1. Understand the characteristics and benefits of green schools, and communicate these benefits to a wide range of audiences
  2. Understand the role that state legislators can play in promoting green schools and gain knowledge of successful strategies that have been implemented by legislators across the country.
  3. Learn key components of a successful communication strategy, including crucial talking points about green schools
  4. Use sample resolutions to draft effective green schools legislation
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U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC
United States

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