About the Center for Green Schools at USGBC

In 2010, we founded the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, with an ambitious yet achievable mission to put every student in a green school within this generation.

Today, our work sits at the intersection of buildings, curriculum and community. We are committed to the highest impact opportunities to accelerate a global green schools movement.

Our mission is to create green schools for everyone within this generation, and as such the Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments. High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and green schools go far beyond bricks and mortar. We see an opportunity to educate a new generation of leaders, including sustainability natives, capable of driving global market transformation. We hope you will join us.

Our Team

Our team

We are transforming the school building and campus landscape in a number of ways. The Center for Green Schools relies on highly-qualified personnel to coordinate our programs and activities. Get to know our team.


Our Founding Sponsor

The Center for Green Schools was launched at USGBC with the generous support of United Technologies Corp. (UTC) as our Founding Sponsor. Through UTC’s years of support, the Center has helped schools across the nation and around the world on their journey to becoming green.

In their role as Founding Sponsor, UTC continues to help the Center raise the volume on USGBC’s efforts to drive wholesale change in how schools are designed, constructed and operated so that they enhance the learning experience for students, save money for schools, districts and higher education institutions, and introduce a new generation of leaders to education for sustainability.

UTC’s support of the Center goes beyond founding sponsorship. Around the world, employees across the company’s many facets are supporting green schools, participating in Green Apple Day of Service, encouraging local schools and districts to take the lead on sustainability initiatives, and introducing a new generation to the green schools movement.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Members of our Advisory Board are leaders in their respective fields, with a deep connection to the social, educational, health and cost-saving impacts of green schools. In this role they provide invaluable strategic direction, technical expertise and increased visibility to the initiatives of the Center and to the green schools movement.

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Advisory Board Leadership
Chair: S. Richard Fedrizzi, CEO, President, Founding Chair, USGBC
Denise Glyn Borders, Ed.D, Vice President, Education Division, SRI International
Jayni Chase, Chair, GREEN Community Schools
Jaimie Cloud, Founder and President, the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Emily Crespin, Vice President, SRA International, Inc.
Paul Hawken, Author
Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust Company
National President, Girl Scouts USA
John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems
Kelly Meyer, Co-Founder, The Teaching Garden
David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor and Senior Advisor to the President, Oberlin College
Robert Redford, Actor/activist
Jonathan F.P. Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies
Kyra Sedgwick, Actor/activist
Leith Sharp, Director, Executive Education for Leadership in Sustainability, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health
Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
Girard “Jerry” W. Weber, Ph.D., President, College of Lake County
Wim Wiewel, Ph.D., President, Portland State University

Honorary Advisory Board Members
Charles J. Saylors, President 2009-2011, National PTA
Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Charles D. Connor, President & Chief Executive Officer, 2008-2012, American Lung Association