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Proposals are now being accepted for the 11th annual USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit.

Proposals are now being accepted for the 11th annual USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit.

According to USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, a green school minimizes environmental impact, optimizes human health and performance and fosters a generation of environmentally literate students. Since 2007, USGBC Colorado has convened a broad group of stakeholders to achieve the same goals, highlighting the importance of improving school environments and sharing evidence that where we learn matters.

School administrators, educators, energy managers, facilities directors, planners, architects, consultants, contractors, engineers and advocates facilitate USGBC Colorado's Green Schools Summit educational programs and help attendees overcome hurdles to greening schools.

When: Fri., November 2, 2017
Where: Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Call for proposals

USGBC Colorado strives to provide innovative, high-quality and relevant green building education throughout the state. USGBC’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The summit will be one important way we carry out that mission in the Colorado community.

USGBC Colorado's Green Schools Summit Planning Committee is seeking presentations that inspire attendees into action while focusing on any aspect of our mission statement as applied to the topics listed below. This year, the committee is focused on the theme "Making Green Schools Add Up."


How does "Making Green Schools Add Up" reflect the content of the summit? In addition to their positive environmental attributes, green schools support the health (physical, social, intellectual) of students, teachers and staff by providing a healthy, safe, comfortable and functional physical environment. The summit this year will focus on doing more with less. Everyone is expected to yield better results with fewer resources year after year, especially within schools.

A variety of factors have contributed to this situation, such as escalating construction costs, limited funding and the growing population of Colorado. The summit will provide a platform where industry professionals and stakeholders can share how they have overcome difficulties and achieved better results in green schools.


July 14, 2017: Request for proposals deadline (5 pm MDT)

August 4, 2017: Selected speakers notified


During the submission process, you will be asked to select which topic(s) your presentation covers. Sessions that cover one or more of these areas will be given preference:

  • Data management
  • Environmental transparency and management
  • LEED O+M for schools
  • LEED v4 for schools
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Partnerships
  • Project profiles/case studies
  • Research and innovation
  • Resiliency
  • Resource management (energy, water and waste)
  • Return on investments
  • Rural and small schools and districts
  • School funding: opportunities and challenges
  • WELL Building Standard

How to submit your proposal

You will have the opportunity to upload attachments at the end of the online submittal. Feel free to share white papers, information about past speaking engagements, references, project photos, clips of past presentations, etc. You may submit more than once, but doing so does not necessarily improve your odds of being selected. If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Lovda by email or at 303.292.6182.

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