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Primary and Secondary School Resources

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Key USGBC resources to support K12 school educators, administrators, staff, supporters and students.

Published on: April 09, 2018



This page helps easily locate USGBC resources relevant to those who work in and work for K-12 schools. It complements the resources available through the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and curriculum from the Learning Lab online education platform for primary and secondary school teachers.

Our vision at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Our 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.

At USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being, and prepare them for 21st century careers. Our professional learning networks, educational resources, and industry-recognized tools bring sustainability to life in the classroom and encourage communities to work together toward a future that is healthier for people and the planet.

Please login or create a free user account to access these courses at no charge.

Want to know more about how we can support your classroom? Contact us at


Green schools for all in this generation.

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC equips supporters of green schools to educate students about global sustainability and deepen learning by action in their communities: action leads to measurable impact, impact feeds curiosity, curiosity fuels learning, and learning inspires further action. We welcome you to learn and advance the green schools movement along with us.

Learn more about our work with schools and how we can help. Check out past articles on green school activities and learn more about what makes a school green.

Video: What is the Center for Green Schools?

Video: Global Coalition for Green Schools

Check out all the Center for Green Schools resources including reports, toolkits/guides, project profiles, presentations, and videos. Look for more videos on the Center’s YouTube channel.

Green Schools Conference and Expo

The only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality.

2019: April 8-9 St. Paul, Minnesota

The annual Green Schools Conference & Expo is the premier education and engagement opportunity for teachers, parents, students, school and district staff, educational leaders, building industry professionals, non-profit partners and others who are passionate about the future of green schools throughout the country and around the world.

Contact us or sign up for email on the website to stay informed of future dates and locations.

Green Apple Day of Service

Your school’s day of action

Video: Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service unites communities to transform our schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments.

An international movement of nearly a million volunteers in over 70 countries, Green Apple Day of Service celebrates the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of global leaders in sustainability.

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USGBC Membership for K-12 Districts

Understanding the unique challenges and needs faced by K-12 schools and districts, the Center for Green Schools is committed to support green school efforts through everything that USGBC has to offer.

In addition to all the member benefits associated with your USGBC Organizational Membership, the Center for Green Schools offers additional support and resources for school and school district K-12 USGBC member organizations.

In order to sign up for a free year of USGBC membership, available only to K-12 schools and districts that are new to membership, please fill out this form to tell us more about your school


Online green building and sustainability education - anytime, anywhere.

Education @USGBC is our simple to use platform for sustainability and green building education, with courses designed by the world’s leading educators. Subscribe to enjoy one year of unlimited access to more than 600 hours of content.

Free Education @USGBC courses:

Additional courses for primary and secondary schools (within Education @USGBC subscription or available for individual purchase):

Reports (Links to free reports provided on course page. Available for continuing education (CE) hours in Education @USGBC subscription or available for individual purchase.)

The “Green Existing Schools” training webinar series provides green school initiatives to be implemented in existing schools by staff, parents, community members, and students. (Free)

Higher Education Curricular Toolkits. Resources and activities to prepare higher education students for 21st century careers in green building and sustainability industries. While these materials were created to support college level curriculum, they can easily be modified to fit a high school classroom. (Free)


Support green classrooms.

The Green Classroom Professional certificate program provides primary and secondary educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces. The course and exam help participants recognize, adopt, and implement practices that keep teachers and students focused, alert and ready to learn.


Where we learn matters.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

Video: What is Green Building?

Video: What is a green school?

Resources to get you started:

Check out these articles to learn about green schools and LEED:

Green school profiles:


Support for green school action.

Arc for Schools

Arc is a state-of-the-art platform that helps school buildings collect, manage and benchmark data to improve sustainability performance and engage students in active learning. In one consolidated platform, schools can track and benchmark energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience for a single school building or entire school districts.

K-12 schools can now use Arc for free for one year as a trial. With an easy to use platform, Arc features comprehensive analytics and universally understood building performance scores to communicate opportunities and impacts with any audience. Developed to support the mission of USGBC, Arc offers a streamlined path to achieving LEED certification or recertification.

Get started today at

- Arc+Schools article announcing free year of access
- Arc+Schools flyer
- Arc+Schools Getting Started Guide
- Arc+Schools Overview and Case Studies


High-quality sustainability education for students

Learning Lab is USGBC's online education platform for K-12 teachers and school leaders to find lessons, activities and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action.

With more than 500 lessons available in English and Spanish, educators from across the globe can access Learning Lab for comprehensive, interdisciplinary K-12 project- and STEM-based curriculum for a green school and a sustainable future.

Subscribe to Learning Lab to enjoy a full year of access to comprehensive project- and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, sustainability literacy, and real-world action. Check out the free lessons fully available for viewing without a subscription. First create an account on Learning Lab, then navigate to these modules.

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United States

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