In June 2011, Phoebe Beierle was selected as one of two UTC, US Green Building Council (USGBC), Center for Green Schools Fellows. Since then, Phoebe has been integrating herself into the Boston Public School District; collaborating with school and city leaders to expand sustainable and environmentally responsible practices at the district’s 125 schools. Several of her active projects include single stream recycling, green schools professional development for teachers and custodians, Plug Load curriculum for middle school and high school students and energy conservation and efficiency.
Phoebe has been a resident of Boston for 6 years, and prior to working for USGBC she held positions with the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (RET) and The Green Roundtable. While at the RET and GRT, she served as a champion for districts looking to build green through the MA Green Schools Initiative, an incentive program to fund green building, renewable energy and environmental curriculum projects at K-12 public schools. As the head of this initiative, she worked hand-in-hand with school building committees, business managers and facilities staff and reviewed a dozen project submissions for compliance with LEED and MA-CHPS guidelines. Now she is on the other side, working within the school district to seek funding and support to accomplish green building, renewable energy and curriculum projects. In addition to pursuing her passion for green building and sustainability in her daily work, Phoebe has been involved with the local USGBC MA Chapter since its inception. She is a founding member and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Phoebe holds a Certificate in Sustainable Development from UMass Dartmouth and a BA in Environmental Studies and Psychology from Oberlin College.