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    The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

    The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have teamed up yet again to release the fifth annual edition of the unique, free guidebook saluting the nation's most environmentally responsible green colleges.

    The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition profiles 332 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.

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    The Whole-School Sustainability Framework:

    The Whole School Sustainability Framework was produced through years of research by the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University and was produced and published by the Center for Green Schools. It Illustrates how every school can establish the conditions necessary to support their journey toward sustainability. The framework is organized into three components of schools—organizational culture, physical place, and educational program—and is supported by literature and case studies from social science, business, education, and building sciences.

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    The Campus as a Living Lab: Using the Built Environment to Revitalize College Education

    The Campus as a Living Lab: Using the Built Environment to Revitalize College Education was developed in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges’ SEED Center and targets colleges that have greened their campuses, or are thinking about greening their campuses, creating real-world teaching tools for students across an array of academic and technical programs.

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    Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation & Management

    The goal of this Implementation Guide is to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other institution. The GRF model is widespread, with at least 79 funds in operation in North America representing over $111 million in committed investment as of late 2012. GRFs have proven their ability to reduce operating costs and environmental impact while promoting education and engaging stakeholders.

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    The Green Schools Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces

    The Green Schools Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces is a free downloadable resource for K-12 schools and communities that demonstrates how schools can implement healthy and resource-efficient building improvements. The guide is the first product of a joint initiative of Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools.

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    2013 McGraw Hill New and Retrofit Green Schools Report

    Since McGraw-Hill Construction's Education Green Building SmartMarket Report was published in 2007, schools have been demonstrably on the vanguard of green building, and we are happy to report that our latest research confirms that they continue to be leaders in green building.

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    Water Conservation

    This toolkit offers K-8 teachers a lesson plan, including an interactive case study of Learning Gate Community School, to teach students the importance of conserving water and personal actions they can take in school and at home.

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    Fostering Learning in Healthy Indoor Environments

    This guide will help K-12 administrators, teachers, parents, and students interested in pursuing LEED to understand the importance of healthy indoor air, how it manifests in schools, and actions that can be taken. It includes an interactive case study of Learning Gate Community School and an interactive web module.

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    Leading Your School to Sustainability

    Learn how to develop and implement a major school-based sustainability project with this guide for K-12 school leaders and planners. Read the interactive case study of Learning Gate Community School, take a one-hour online course, and conduct a professional development in-person workshop using the tools in this guide.

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    Harnessing Green Buildings as Teaching Tools

    This guide is intended for K-12 administrators and teaching staff, as well as building professionals working on K-12 projects – or for individuals who educate these audiences. Using Learning Gate Community School as a case example of how to harness a LEED-certified building as a teaching tool, the guide includes short- and long-format case studies and a professional development workshop, complete with a presentation.

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    Guide to Resources for Green Ribbon Schools Applications

    This document outlines the essential tools you’ll need to successfully complete portions of your application for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools voluntary recognition program. Download our print guide for more information.

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    USGBC Students Guide to Transforming Your Campus, Community and Career

    USGBC Students Guide to Transforming Your Campus, Community and Career is written for the student who wants to change their school, their environment, their community and their future. It is a step-by-step guide to starting a powerful and functional student group, identifying the greatest needs on campus and creating a campaign to address them. This guide is intended for every major and every class year, for students already involved with USGBC and for those just forming a relationship with us. It is chock full of ways to engage sustainably conscious students, staff and faculty and drive them to success. We encourage you to print the toolkit for your own student group. Download our print guide to see how.

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    Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance, A National Action Plan for Greening America's Schools

    Outlines a national action plan that mayors and local leaders can use as a framework to develop and implement green schools initiatives. The report also provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of green schools; a summary of local, state and federal policy solutions; leadership profiles of green school advocates; and case studies from both large cities and small communities. Together, these resources serve as a roadmap on the journey to green schools.

  • Green Existing Schools Project Management Guide
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    Green Existing Schools Project Management Guide

    Provides guidance, best practices, policy and planning templates to assist school officials in seeking LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M certification.

  • Green Existing Schools Implementation Workbook
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    Green Existing Schools Implementation Workbook

    Focuses on the O&M best practices and sustainable policies addressed by the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system.

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

    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.

  • The Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings: Executive Summary
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    Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings

    The Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings is a guide to help building facilities managers and energy service companies (ESCOs) leverage utility cost savings to fund comprehensive green building retrofits. The resource provides detailed information on how to aggregate green improvement measures to optimize project economics and achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification.

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    Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition

    USGBC has partnered with The Princeton Review to produce the third annual Guide to Green Colleges. See why 68 percent of high school students are looking for a green campus in their search for their best fit college.

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  • Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement
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    Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement

    As college and university leaders from across the United States work to green their campuses, students can and should play a critical role. Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement explains how students can be involved in green campus projects and contribute to LEED certification efforts. The guide outlines three options for engaging students: coursework, internships and volunteer opportunities. It details the benefits of involving students and outlines ways to initiate the process of developing an engagement program, such as planning considerations and LEED-related activities and tasks that students can perform. The guide also contains profiles of three campuses that are engaging students on green campus projects with great success.

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    Learn LEED: How-to Guide for Planning and Conducting LEED Study Groups

    Hosting a study group? Download USGBC's free guide.

  • Building Minds, Minding Buildings
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    Building Minds, Minding Buildings

    Our union's roadmap to green and sustainable schools, by the American Federation of Teachers.

  • Roadmap to a Green Campus
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    Roadmap to a Green Campus

    Roadmap to a Green Campus is a strategy guide for using the LEED green building certification program as a framework for developing and evolving campus-wide sustainability plans. The Roadmap references more than 100 tools and resources to support campus greening efforts, profiles institutional success stories and was created with the support of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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