Welcome to the Center for Green Schools! Here at the U.S. Green Building Council we have a vision: green schools for everyone within this generation. For this reason, we formed the Center for Green Schools to expand our efforts to drive change in how we design, construct and operate our schools and campuses so they will enhance student learning experiences.
As the President, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC, I’ve witnessed the profound impact green buildings have on our lives and the innovation they have poured into the marketplace, and I believe no other market speaks more powerfully to the benefits and potential of green buildings than our schools. More importantly, I’m the husband of a Syracuse, N.Y., public school teacher and the father of two, so there are few issues to which I am more committed than providing our children with a world-class education.
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is helping to engage educators in creating sustainable learning environments for their students and apply solid research to inform leadership—from school boards to college presidents—about the benefits of healthy, high-performing schools. We are working with state and local governments to draft smart, practical policies, and we provide trainings and helpful resources to those who need it most—K-12 schools serving lower-income families, under-resourced institutions and community colleges. The Center serves to convene conversations with key decision makers, collaborate with leading education and environmental associations and create tools and resources that help make green schools possible.
New advocacy tools are also being created and disseminated to support USGBC Student Groups and our nationwide network of more than 1,000 Green School Committee volunteers. We want to inspire innovation that can be replicated and deployed at lightning speed to every school and every college and university campus in this country and beyond.
We hope you will join us as we continue to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute change and innovation toward green schools and campuses for everyone.
S. Richard Fedrizzi