• The Greenest School on Earth: How do you choose?

    By Carly Cowan
    Project Manager, Center for Green Schools

    Out of the most impressive and inspiring school buildings in the entire world, how do you choose just one to name the Greenest School on Earth? The task is a daunting one, but also an incredibly rewarding one. This year, our Greenest School on Earth program received over 300 percent more applications than last year from schools that are making tremendous progress in providing better education to our world’s future leaders.

    As the program’s application numbers have grown, so has its impact and its purpose. Originally designed to commend the ...

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  • Congratulations to the 2015 ED-Green Ribbon Schools Honorees!

    By Nathaniel Allen
    Center for Green Schools Advocacy Lead

    This Earth Day, 58 schools, 14 school districts and nine colleges and universities were recognized with the prestigious U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award. Now in its fourth year, ED-Green Ribbon Schools continues to provide a comprehensive pathway for all schools to make progress on all three pillars of the award – reducing environmental impact and costs, improving occupant health and well-being, and providing effective environmental education. These three pillars--simple yet comprehensive--have united hundreds of NGOs in support of this movement and have become the basis of the globally ...

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  • Jump in to the future of K-12 education

    By Rachel Gutter
    Director, Center for Green Schools

    Imagine the possibilities: millions of teachers equipped and empowered to engage their students in learning that fosters individual happiness and global sustainability. It’s not pie-in-the-sky, and with your participation, we can make it a reality.

    Today, the Center for Green Schools kicks off its latest initiative: an online education platform to provide K12 schools one-stop access to the best education resources for sustainability. Encourage your favorite educator to apply here to take part in the one-year pilot program and receive exclusive, free access to a world of resources. The pilot will launch ...

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  • Global Coalition for Green Schools Recognizes Greenest School on Earth

    By Aline Peterson
    Media & Communications Specialist, USGBC

    Dunbarton High School in Canada recognized
    for cutting-edge sustainability education

    Washington, D.C. – (April 15, 2015) – Today, the Global Coalition for Green Schools, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, announced the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. The recipient school is Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

    The Greenest School on Earth is an annual competition, highlighting a K-12 school that exemplifies how sustainability can be integrally woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school. The Center defines a green school as one ...

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  • Celebrating Ohio's 200th LEED certified school

    By Lisa Laney, Sustainability Administrator
    Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

    It is an amazing time to live in Ohio and an even more amazing time to work in the K-12 public facility sector. I am a public servant who administers a sustainability program that saves taxpayer dollars and provides extraordinary benefits to our biggest asset, our children. I serve as the Sustainability Administrator for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). We oversee the design and construction of public K-12 schools, state agencies and higher education facilities. 

    When I took this position in 2009, Ohio had one LEED certified school and ...

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  • LEED Lab in action: Catholic University's LEED Lab Legacy

    By Patricia Andrasik, Assistant Professor + Head of Sustainability Outreach, The Catholic University of America

    In the heart of Washington, D.C., the Catholic University of America (CUA) is the proving ground for a new approach to multidisciplinary education. Since the university has no designated sustainability office or officer, faculty developed a course which would provide the platform for environmental literacy among all university parties. It was a necessary transformation; a bottom-up-approach where students became the catalysts for change, proliferated by faculty and staff as a new approach to integrative learning, empowered by a desire to employ creative methods of education ...

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  • Getting your ducks in a row: Energy efficiency and health in green schools

    By Michele Curreri, U.S. EPA, and Kudret Utebay, Cadmus

    According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, nearly a third of public schools were rated to have poor or fair building systems, including HVAC systems, demonstrating a need for modern, well-maintained and sustainable indoor environments. Whether you are planning for a retrofit or LEED certification, there are significant indoor air quality (IAQ) and health considerations you will want to keep in mind and address during your project.

    To help you organize and get all your ducks in a row, EPA has outlined the most common ...

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  • National Healthy Schools Day is here

    By Anisa Baldwin Metzger
    Center for Green Schools Fellows Manager

    This year’s National Health Schools Day will take place on April 7, coinciding with Public Health Week, and will encourage communities to rally around their schools to make them healthier places for their valuable occupants. Here at the Center for Green Schools, we think this is a great chance to get started on your Green Apple Day of Service activities or check in on last year’s work! 

    Children need clean air outside, and they also need clean air inside. The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has estimated that half ...

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  • The Measure of a Green School: Occupant Health

    By Anisa Baldwin Metzger
    Center for Green Schools Fellows Manager

    Over the past four years, the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide all schools toward sustainability, not just the very best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award. We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures that all schools can use to track ...

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  • LEED Lab in action: University of California, Santa Barbara

    By Kaitlin Carney and Marie Laule, University of California, Santa Barbara

    During the 2014-2015 academic year, 22 students from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are participating in a multi-term LEED® Labcourse, working to certify UCSB's Student Resource Building (SRB) under EB: O+M. The team is led by Cassidy Green and Brandon Kaysen, both LEED APs and UCSB alumni, and includes a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate students from several disciplines at UCSB. These students have joined together to learn the ins-and-outs of LEED and to manage the certification of the SRB.  

    Each student ...

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