• Shaw introduces new Green Apple-branded carpet line

    By Josh Lasky
    Community Green Lead, Center for Green Schools

    The Center for Green Schools at USGBC launched the Green Apple campaign as a way to partner with businesses that share our vision of providing green schools for all within this generation. The Center is proud to welcome Shaw Contract Group, a company truly committed to providing healthy, high-performing, and sustainable learning spaces around the world, as our newest Green Apple partner.

    Shaw has been engaged in Green Apple Day of Service since its inception, and Shaw employees have perennially organized numerous school improvement projects around the country. As a ...

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  • Green Schools National Conference: One voice, one movement

    By Rachel Gutter
    Director, Center for Green Schools

    Co-Authored by Jenny Seydel
    Executive Director, Green Schools National Network

    At last year’s Green Schools National Conference, we called upon all who were assembled to speak with one voice and act as one movement. We’ve spent the last 11 months living that promise and learning when we speak and act as one community, we accomplish so much more.

    The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has teamed up with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) to make this fifth annual Green Schools National Conference the best yet.

    Since 2010, GSNN has hosted ...

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  • The numbers are in! 2014 Green Apple Day of Service stats

    By Emily Riordan
    Community Programs Manager, Center for Green Schools

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to focus on what we can do for others, something we know that supporters of the green schools movement do all year long. 

    Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for Green Apple Day of Service. More than 3,800 events, projects and commitments took place in 43 countries, with 306,000 volunteers supporting the learning environments of more than two million students. 

    Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of Service outside? The Center ...

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  • Wisconsin leads the world with the first certified LEED v4 O&M: Schools project

    By Emma Arnold
    U.S. Green Building Council

    On Nov. 7, 2014, Maple Dale School in Fox Point, Wisconsin made history. The school was the first in the world to earn certification under the LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance: Schools rating system, achieving LEED Gold certification.

    In a special ceremony on Monday, November 17, Al Skodowski, Immediate Past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors, presented the LEED plaque to the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board.

    The certification was the result of a collaborative process that involved school leadership, staff, students and parents in the implementation of sustainable changes ...

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  • A Moment for the Movement: A children's book inspired by the Center for Green Schools

    Annie Donnelly is the Best of Green Schools 2014 honoree in the Moment for the Movement category. Annie recently authored a children’s book titled 'Willow Watts and the Green School Wish.' Her story teaches children about a wide range of sustainability measures from vegetable gardens, to clean construction, to energy efficient heating and cooling.

    In the book, Princess Smog has a special wish for her birthday but her grandfather, King Smog, is hard to convince. With help from her pen pal Willow Watts, Princess Smog teaches her grandfather why a green school is the perfect gift for her and the ...

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  • Leading the way: the 2014 Best of Green Schools honorees

    By Rachel Gutter
    Director, Center for Green Schools

    <p><img alt="" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" src="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/People/Rachel_bio_page.sflb.ashx" /><strong> By <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/rachel.aspx"> Rachel Gutter</a><br />
    Director, Center for Green Schools</strong></p>
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    Three years ago, students from Dunloggin Middle School went on a field trip (we all remember those, right?) to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They were learning about the Bay’s ecosystem, and while dredging an oyster reef found only one live oyster. The students were concerned and curious, so, along with a few lucky teachers, they researched Maryland’s oyster harvesting history, and began to understand just how important oysters are ...

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  • USGBC Announces 2014 Best of Green Schools Honorees

    By Aline Peterson
    Media & Communications Specialist, USGBC

    Recipients Represent the Best Environmental Efforts in Schools Across U.S. 

    Washington, D.C. – (Dec. 17, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients, recognizing 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country this year. The list highlights the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year.

    “Selecting the Best of Green Schools honorees is an exciting and challenging process, as there are so many fantastic examples of efforts being made in ...

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  • Kill the Cup: coffee, selfies, and environmental impact

    By Drew Beal
    Chief Environmental Optimist, Kill the Cup

    Did you know that 50 billion paper cups get discarded in America each year? It’s unbelievable! I started researching the ‘cup problem’ when I was a grad student at UC San Diego; here's what I've found:

    In 2008, Starbucks established a goal to serve 25% of all drinks in reusable cups. Customers received discounts for bringing personal tumblers, and environmental messaging helped raise awareness about waste reduction. Three years later, however, the reusable rate had yet to crack 2%. In a world where climate change is our biggest challenge, less than ...

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  • San Diego community teams up for third annual Green Apple moment

    By Renee Daigneault
    Interim Executive Director, San Diego Green Building Council

    The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) and Balfour Beatty Construction recently partnered with John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA, to host the 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service

    On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, the school was abuzz as more than 75 volunteers, including students, came out to green the campus by performing service work and commencing a year-long Green Schools Challenge.

    Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty's Southwest Division President said his team felt privileged to be there, breaking a sweat with fellow subcontractors, vendors, ...

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  • Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014

    By Rachel Gutter
    Director, Center for Green Schools

    The end of the year is almost here, and the Center for Green Schools is excited to recognize the “Best of Green Schools” 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities.

    We have a lot to celebrate this year, and if not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

    Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in infrastructure and technology, and collaboration with community members and policy makers, schools all over the world are becoming healthier, ...

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