The Center for Green Schools at USGBC provides direct support to a limited number of school district staff each year in achieving their district sustainability goals. School systems apply directly to the center to receive support through the School District Sustainability Scholarship program, and they must designate one existing staff person to spend at least 50 percent of their time on sustainability-related programs and strategy.
“I found the connections we made with other school districts one of the most valuable aspects of the scholarship program. Also, attending Greenbuild and the School District Sustainability Summit at the Green Schools Conference were incredible opportunities, which I would otherwise not have been able to attend.” —2017–18 Green School Scholar
When your district receives a School District Scholarship, your staff will benefit from professional development, targeted education and technical support from the center and its partners.
Benefits included in the scholarship
- Travel, lodging and attendance for the scholar at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
- Travel, lodging and attendance for the scholar and one colleague at the Green Schools Conference and Expo
- Travel, lodging and attendance for the scholar at the annual School Sustainability Leaders’ Summit (hosted just before or after the Green Schools Conference)
- Ongoing training through personal and small group coaching
- Limited complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, Arc and a LEED Coach for school projects
- Access for up to 10 teachers to Learning Lab and training for up to 10 teachers to become Green Classroom Professionals
The School District Scholarship is available to school systems of all sizes, but to qualify, school districts must have a current staff person who spends a minimum of 50 percent of their time on sustainability-related efforts. To determine if staff time is currently dedicated to sustainability, follow the definition of green schools described in the “three pillars”: reduced environmental impact, positive effects on student and teacher health and improved environmental literacy.
The application period for School District Scholarships are open each summer for two months. The online application is released through an article on the Center for Green Schools website each year. Up to five districts will be selected annually, and the cohort will be announced in early September, with a kick-off at Greenbuild in the fall.