• A Story of Stone Soup

    By Jodi Smits Anderson, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C
    Director, Sustainability Programs

    Let me tell you a story of stone soup. You know, the fable where a drifter shows up with a stone and a pot, fills it with water just outside of town, then sighs and remarks that the soup would be so much better with carrots. A townsperson is gleeful that they have carrots and they go get them and add them to the soup. “Sigh, this would be so much better with some meat”…enter another townsperson, eager to contribute. My husband thinks this is a scam – the guy ...

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  • School Sustainability Leaders Summit Kicks Off!

    By Mallory Shelter
    Communications Associate

    Yesterday, we kicked off our School Sustainability Leaders Summit, which brought in our two green schools fellows, along with other school district staff from across the country.

    The day started with the fellows, Farah and Phoebe, giving a recap of the past school year at their respective districts, highlighting their work and that of the schools. Farah highlighted major milestones that SCUSD has accomplished, including “greening” the district’s logo, starting 41 school gardens across the district and creating a healthy food task force. Farah then went on to discuss Project Green, which is ...

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  • Ewa Makai Middle School Celebrates Green Ribbon Schools in Washington, D.C.

    By Ed Oshiro
    Principal of Ewa Makai Middle School

    From June 3-5, I had the opportunity to attend the National Green Ribbon Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on behalf of Green Ribbon Schools Award. Wow! The ceremony and the ensuing meetings and events were just fantastic! Washington D.C. was the perfect place for these ceremonies where the Green Ribbon Schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Education, led by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

    Although the ceremony and the activities were great, the best part of these proceedings was the sharing of best "green practices" by our schools ...

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  • Project Green Brings $5 Million to Sacramento Schools

    By Farah McDill
    Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow for Sacramento City Unified School District

    One of the many reasons Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) was selected as one of two districts to receive a Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow was the development of Project Green. The District needed support to develop, manage and implement the program, and I was brought on to help. During the Earth Day celebrations in April 2011, Superintendent Raymond announced Project Green with little more than a rough outline. The idea consisted of student-led audits, presenting recommendations to a blue-ribbon panel, and implementing ...

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  • Where We Learn Matters… Add a Little Nature!

    By Molly Hislop, LEED® Green Associate
    Director of Programs and Marketing, Green Education Foundation (GEF)

    Over time, a recognizable pattern has developed in youth that has begun to alter their behavior, health and consciousness. Today, American children are spending more time indoors and less time engaging with nature compared to recent history. In author Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods,” he presents a persuasive case for the importance of nature to a child’s physical and emotional well-being, while also describing youth’s disconnect today as a ‘nature-deficit disorder.’ Though not a disorder in the traditional sense, there are very ...

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  • Rachel Gutter Named World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award Winner

    Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, received the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award this week at the WorldGBC Congress in Stuttgart, Germany. Rachel was honored for her leadership at the forefront of the green schools movement, and working to make healthy, energy-efficient schools accessible to everyone across the globe. 

     The award was presented by USGBC's President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi, who said “It is an honor for me to recognize Rachel for her monumental work with the Center for Green Schools, and for driving the conversation behind ...

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  • Voices from Greenbuild: Eva Blake

    By Eva Blake
    Green Initiative Director at YouthBuild USA

    When I arrived at the 2011 Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Toronto, Canada, I flipped through the program to find that the Greenbuild Social Equity Scholarship Program page contained photos and quotes from YouthBuild’s participation in the 2010 Greenbuild in Chicago. What an honor! That was the first year YouthBuild attended Greenbuild as an organized team of scholars and volunteers. Students of the YouthBuild program along with staff filled their cups in Chicago with knowledge and inspiration they continue to utilize in the building of affordable housing in their communities and ...

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  • We Take Our Next Step on September 29

    Green Apple Day Of Service Announcement - September 29, 2012 from Center for Green Schools on Vimeo.

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  • Fostering a Generation of Sustainability Natives

    By Jaime Van Mourik
    Director, Higher Education

    At the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, we are fostering a generation of “sustainability natives” - children and adults who act to benefit the earth without needing to be asked - who will help us reach our vision of healthy, high-performing schools and campuses for all students within this generation.

    But what exactly does that mean? Our belief is that if we nurture and educate the younger generations to understand that sustainability is a matter of course as opposed to a method for dealing with the struggles we ...

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  • Announcing the 2012-2013 Community Green Chairs

    By Vanessa Santos
    Community Colleges Specialist

    Congratulations to the five selected leaders who will work with USGBC National and the Center for Green Schools to launch and grow its newest program, Community Green. Community Green is USGBC’s commitment to supporting community colleges in educating the next generation of green building professionals who can lead and drive strong local sustainable economies. These five Chairs will work regionally to engage community colleges in the USGBC network, and support them in bringing green building education and activities to their campuses and communities. These Chairs were selected based on their skills, past experiences and ...

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