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School Facilities Policy Spotlight: Georgia’s Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Download

State policy places an integral role in determining both the mechanisms and funding levels for construction, renovation, and repair of school facilities. Through policy review and notes from a 2017 convening in Atlanta, this report discusses a unique schools funding mechanism in Georgia: the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST).

Info Sheet: LEED & Schools Download

Download our info sheet to see how LEED certification makes school buildings healthier, more productive places for students and staff.

Green Schools Menu of Options for State Legislators Download

State legislators have powerful opportunities to promote healthy, high-performing schools through legislative activities and innovative community partnerships. This resources offers a menu of legislative options for green schools.

Green Classroom Professional: Group Trainings Download

A how-to guide for planning and conducting in-person Green Classroom Professional workshops

Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program Handbook

The Green Classroom Professional Certificate program provides pre K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces.

Jumping in to Learning Lab

Learning Lab is your one-stop shop for leading-edge classroom sustainability materials. Equipping and engaging educators with the right resources and preparation means students are more likely to understand the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social systems and to be empowered as global citizens.

Global Coalition for Green Schools

The Global Coalition for Green Schools creates a powerful global force for ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn in a green school within this generation. It seeks to amplify the voices of the many national coalitions around the world who work tirelessly to make their schools healthy, safe and efficient.

Green Apple Day of Service Video

Green Apple Day of Service inspires schools and communities to learn about sustainabilty and take action to green their school building and grounds.

State of Our Schools Report 2016 Download

In the 2016 State of Our Schools report we compile and analyze the best available school district data about U.S. K–12 public school facilities funding. The report projects that going forward our nation will under-invest in school buildings by $46 billion annually.

Earn continuing education hours by reading this report on [email protected].

Getting Started: The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award Download

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools, districts, and Institutions of Higher Education that are leading the way in the green schools movement. This resources offers an overview of the award and application process, as well as resource recommendations to get started.

Every School can be a Green School: Getting Started Checklist Download

Whether you are a parent, teacher, school staff member, student, or community volunteer, you want your school to provide a healthy, welcoming place to learn. This resource offers 12 simple priority actions to help make your school healthy, efficient, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability Download

In June 2013, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brought together stakeholders from academic, corporate, and nonprofit sectors to envision a future where our schools support thriving, healthy, and regenerative communities. Participants agreed on a shared vision where all students graduate educated for a sustainable future through the integration of the environment, economy, and equity, with the ability to apply systems thinking to problem solving and decision making by 2040. Fifteen subject matter experts undertook the task of recommending key actions that, collectively, outline a pathway to achieve our ambitious goal. This National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability intends to propel efforts to affect policies and practices through collaboration, alignment, and large-scale implementation.

Earn continuing education hours by reading this action plan report on [email protected].

Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws Download

This paper presents a summary of the state laws, analysis of national survey data, the research results concerning data and opinions on the effectiveness of the laws, and detailed analysis of the similarities and differences of the laws.

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Powering Down: Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K-12 Schools Download

"Powering Down: Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K-12 Schools," follows the experiences of five public schools that have reduced electricity use by an astonishing 20 to 37 percent through behavior-based strategies alone. The paper, which was written with lead author Kate Crosby, looks to these schools as models for others and examines common strategies for every school to reduce its energy usage.

Earn continuing education hours by reading this report on [email protected].

2013 State of Our Schools report Download
Learning Gate Community School

Lutz, FL

Learning Gate Community School, certified LEED Platinum in June of 2010, consists of three structures connected by covered walkways amounting to 7,840 square feet. The school boasts project student ambassadors, a nature-based curriculum and building monitoring of energy use, VOC output, humidity levels, and water consumption.

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

Philadelphia, PA
LEED Certified

Edy Ridge E.S. & Laurel Ridge M.S.

Sherwood, OR
LEED Gold

Adlai E Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire, IL
LEED Gold

The Whole-School Sustainability Framework Download

The Whole School Sustainability Framework was produced through years of research by the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University and was produced and published by the Center for Green Schools. It Illustrates how every school can establish the conditions necessary to support their journey toward sustainability. The framework is organized into three components of schools—organizational culture, physical place, and educational program—and is supported by literature and case studies from social science, business, education, and building sciences.

Earn continuing education hours by reading this report on [email protected].

The Green Schools Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces Download

The Green Schools Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces is a free downloadable resource for K-12 schools and communities that demonstrates how schools can implement healthy and resource-efficient building improvements. The guide is the first product of a joint initiative of Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools.

Earn continuing education hours by reading this guide on [email protected].

Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance, A National Action Plan for Greening America's Schools Download

Outlines a national action plan that mayors and local leaders can use as a framework to develop and implement green schools initiatives. The report also provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of green schools; a summary of local, state and federal policy solutions; leadership profiles of green school advocates; and case studies from both large cities and small communities. Together, these resources serve as a roadmap on the journey to green schools.

Greening Our Schools: A State Legislator's Guide to Best Policy Practices Download

A toolkit and comprehensive guide for state lawmakers who are developing policy solutions that improve the health, productivity, efficiency, and fiscal responsibility of schools in their state.

Earn continuing education hours by reading this guide on [email protected].

Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings Download

The Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings is a guide to help building facilities managers and energy service companies (ESCOs) leverage utility cost savings to fund comprehensive green building retrofits. The resource provides detailed information on how to aggregate green improvement measures to optimize project economics and achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification.

Understanding and Applying for Green Ribbon Schools Powerpoint Download
The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance Download

Jointly released with McGraw Hill Foundation, this paper is an accessible account of current research connecting school buildings with student health and performance. It also includes a summary of research needed and how individual groups (teachers and students, design professionals, government agencies, etc.) can help in the effort to draw connections between where students learn and their well being. Anyone who needs clear, defensible research to support the need for better, healthier classrooms will find the summary of research into how students breathe, see, hear, move and learn useful.

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Managing Organizational Sustainability Download

The first in a series of research publications about sustainability professionals, this report was released with McGraw Hill Global Financial Institute and reaches well beyond the world of schools and colleges. The paper examines how the community of sustainability professionals can begin to make a stronger case for the profession and its impact on organizations across sectors.

Managing Sustainability in School Districts Download

The second in a series of research publications about sustainability professionals, this report summarizes the role and expectations for sustainability directors in K-12 school districts. Drawing from extensive surveys and interviews with the Center for Green Schools’ network of sustainability professionals, the research concludes with important lessons for those managing and performing in this role.

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