• USGBC Announces 2014 Best of Green Schools Honorees

    By Aline Peterson
    Media & Communications Specialist, USGBC


    Recipients Represent the Best Environmental Efforts in Schools Across U.S. 

    Washington, D.C. – (Dec. 17, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients, recognizing 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country this year. The list highlights the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year.

    “Selecting the Best of Green Schools honorees is an exciting and challenging process, as there are so many fantastic examples of efforts being made in ...

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  • Kill the Cup: coffee, selfies, and environmental impact

    By Drew Beal
    Chief Environmental Optimist, Kill the Cup


    Did you know that 50 billion paper cups get discarded in America each year? It’s unbelievable! I started researching the ‘cup problem’ when I was a grad student at UC San Diego; here's what I've found:

    In 2008, Starbucks established a goal to serve 25% of all drinks in reusable cups. Customers received discounts for bringing personal tumblers, and environmental messaging helped raise awareness about waste reduction. Three years later, however, the reusable rate had yet to crack 2%. In a world where climate change is our biggest challenge, less than ...

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  • San Diego community teams up for third annual Green Apple moment

    By Renee Daigneault
    Interim Executive Director, San Diego Green Building Council

    The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) and Balfour Beatty Construction recently partnered with John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA, to host the 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service

    On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, the school was abuzz as more than 75 volunteers, including students, came out to green the campus by performing service work and commencing a year-long Green Schools Challenge.

    Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty's Southwest Division President said his team felt privileged to be there, breaking a sweat with fellow subcontractors, vendors, ...

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  • Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014

    By Rachel Gutter
    Director, Center for Green Schools


    The end of the year is almost here, and the Center for Green Schools is excited to recognize the “Best of Green Schools” 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities.

    We have a lot to celebrate this year, and if not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

    Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in infrastructure and technology, and collaboration with community members and policy makers, schools all over the world are becoming healthier, ...

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  • USGBC Announces 2014 School District Scholarship Recipients

    By Aline Peterson
    Media & Communications Specialist, USGBC


    School Districts to Receive Hands-on Sustainability Support

    Washington, D.C. – (Oct. 30, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The six selected school districts across the nation will receive year-round support from the Center for Green Schools and a broad network of school sustainability leaders.

    “The School District Scholarship program provides real, on the ground opportunities for entire school districts to engage in sustainability improvements and ongoing education,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at ...

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  • Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card

    By Jenny Wiedower
    K-12 Manager


    Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014?

    We’ve just published our 2014 Midyear Report Card, our semi-annual check-in on progress we’ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement.  

    As you’ll see below, we’ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections:

    1. The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance we provide to schools, and the volunteer leaders we support with trainings
    2. The number of rockstar volunteers across ...

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  • Green Apple Day of Service GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles Project Impacts

    El Monte - September 27th, 2014



    Green Apple Day of Service encourages people to take action in their communities through service projects. This year, Green Apple Day of Service brings together volunteers from El Monte Union High School and Vons Credit Union to install solar on three homes in the City of El Monte. Under GRID Alternatives' guidance, volunteers will learn about solar energy through a hands-on approach while making a direct impact in their community. What is the impact?


    • Number of Solar Projects: 3
    • Total kilowatts-AC of solar installed: 9.8
    • Total family savings over the system's lifetime: $82,756
    • Total ...

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  • Get in on the green schools action at Greenbuild 2014

    By Emily Riordan
    Community Programs Manager, Center for Green Schools


    Celebrating green building in New Orleans is like being in Memphis on Elvis’s birthday—and you can bet it will be just as big of a party.

    USGBC and the Center for Green Schools have been partnering with the city, its schools and its volunteers for years, and we can’t wait to celebrate all they've accomplished. From building tours, education sessions, networking in the expo hall, and every po’ boy in between, here are a few of the places you can catch up with the Center for Green Schools when you’re ...

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  • Registration now open for fifth year of Campus Conservation Nationals

    By Hannah Debelius
    Program Manager, USGBC Students

    It takes three weeks to form a habit, and this spring, were asking college students and staff to do just that—form a habit of conservation!

    From February through April 2015, colleges and universities participating in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) will have the opportunity to compete to reduce electricity and water consumption in the largest conservation competition for colleges and universities in the world.

    Program registration is open now through Nov. 7, 2014, and is open to both two- and four-year institutions on competetoreduce.org. Any student, faculty, or staff member can sign their ...

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  • Get to know our newest Green Schools Fellow: Kristen Trovillion

    By Marisa Long
    Public Relations & Communications Director, Center for Green Schools


    The Center for Green Schools launched the Green Schools Fellowship program in 2011 to place sustainability officers in school districts around the country. More and more school systems are realizing that they need to put more focused attention on resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental literacy; and these important topics get the dedication they need when sustainability is someone’s job.

    Our fourth Green Schools Fellow, Kristen Trovillion, is taking that job and running with it. She began work in Grand Rapids Public Schools in September as ...

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