• 10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos)

    By Hannah Wilber
    Marketing and Communications Special Assistant, USGBC

    Now in its fifth year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Colleges that succeed in achieving the highest possible Green Rating score for this guide also earn themselves a place on the Green Honor Roll. Here’s a look at 10 of those schools and the many great things they’re doing to cultivate the next generation of sustainability leaders.

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Georgia Institute of ...

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  • Growing Up Green

    Reposted from United Technologies Corporation

    Fresh air, natural light, clean water. For years, we’ve all known – instinctively, at least – that these things make children happier and healthier. Recent scientific studies have reinforced that premise with empirical evidence, showing that children who spend most of their days in school perform better in a clean, chemical-free environment that is free of winter drafts and excessive summer heat. “Green” schools also save a significant amount of money through the use of energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.

    Unfortunately, most schools are a long way from being “green,” either from a cleanliness ...

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  • The Whole-School Sustainability Framework

    By Anisa Baldwin Metzger
    Center for Green Schools Fellows Manager

    This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important. And it is also why, at the conference, we released The Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a complement to the Green Ribbon Schools criteria and a resource to guide schools in ...

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  • Student organizations key to the Illinois CEE experience

    By Nishant Makhijani
    Student, University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign

    Originally published in the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Magazine, Winter 2014

    Recently, I shared the stage with David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. I had been asked to participate because of my long involvement with the USGBC student chapter here at Illinois. During the panel discussion, David asked me this question: “Nishant, what advice do you give to other students ...

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  • Question: Why educate for sustainability?

    By Jaimie Cloud
    President and Founder, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and Center for Green Schools Advisory Board member

    Answer:  Because we have to learn how to live well in our places without undermining the ability of our places to sustain us over time. If we are to succeed at doing so, then the knowledge, skills and habits-of-mind we need to do so must be cultivated in our schools.

    The National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability published by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has the potential to accelerate the shift ...

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  • Education, Business and Environmental Leaders Call for Action to Ensure Universal Sustainability Literacy in all U.S. Public Schools by 2040

    By Marisa Long
    Public Relations & Communications Director

    Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability

    Washington, D.C. — (March 25, 2014) — Today, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, together with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), released aNational Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, a call for action to ensure that Education for Sustainability (EfS) is accessible to all students across the United States. The plan outlines a robust goal for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools ...

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  • Who's counting? Center for Green Schools 2013 metrics

    By Jenny Wiedower
    K-12 Manager

    In 2013, the Center for Green Schools reached further, leveraged greater and invested more than we ever have. How do we know? We are maniacal about tracking our work – whether it be the number of people we engage, the number of resources we distribute or the way people talk about our work in the media, their social networks or in surveys.

    We welcome you to take a look at our 2013 Year-End Report Card.  The one-page infographic shows how we performed in the context of the goals we set for ourselves for 2013, ...

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  • Now recruiting volunteer national chairs to support Community Green

    The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, Community Green partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement with USGBC. Community Green was launched with five national chairs, but with the program’s expansion, we're now accepting applications for five additional national chairs in ...

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  • Vertical gardens growing tall in crowded, urban schools

    By Anisa Baldwin Metzger
    Center for Green Schools Fellows Manager

    As volunteers and teachers around the world gear up for Green Apple Day of Service 2014 next September, Riyaz Gayasaddin and Mike Rennard are working with students in Baltimore City Public Schools to research, plan, plant, harvest and—of course—eat vegetables in indoor vertical gardens in their classrooms. Our friends at Teach for America first told us about Gayasaddin, who is one of their teacher trainers, and Rennard, who is a teacher at Green Street Academy. Gayasaddin was recently profiled in the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal for the work the two ...

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  • Americans Voice Strong Mandate for Better School Buildings and Infrastructure in New Nationwide Independent Poll

    At this year's Greenbuild Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and Founding Partner United Technologies Corp. (UTC)  released a new independent nationwide survey revealing that 3 out of 4 Americans are supportive of green schools. The survey explores American’s attitudes toward the country’s public school buildings and investments to modernize school infrastructure.

    The survey results show that 90 percent of Americans think it is important to improve public school buildings. Across political party lines, more than half of those surveyed (54 percent) would rate K-12 school buildings and infrastructure in the United States as poor or fair at ...

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