• Congratulations to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!

    By Nathaniel Allen
    Center for Green Schools Advocacy Lead

    Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots announced the 2014 class of Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) honorees, highlighting a total of 57 schools and school districts from around the country. 

    The 48 schools and nine districts hail from 30 state education agencies, and in their own ways are each excelling across the three pillars of this award: minimized building impact and cost savings, improved occupant health and wellness, and effective education for sustainability. We congratulate ...

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  • This Earth Day start with STEM

    By Melissa Moritz, Vice President, Education Initiatives at Teach for America

    My favorite part of my job by far is getting to watch and hear about STEM teachers who are making science and math come alive for their students; teachers who are using issues that are both interesting and applicable to their students to demonstrate how STEM truly is all around us. 

    As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day (which should be every day, by the way), I caught up with one of Teach For America’s alumni teachers, Irene Hsieh (DC Corps ’11), who was awarded a service learning grant ...

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  • 10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos)

    By Hannah Wilber
    Marketing and Communications Special Assistant, USGBC

    Now in its fifth year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Colleges that succeed in achieving the highest possible Green Rating score for this guide also earn themselves a place on the Green Honor Roll. Here’s a look at 10 of those schools and the many great things they’re doing to cultivate the next generation of sustainability leaders.


    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Georgia Institute of ...

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  • Growing Up Green

    Reposted from United Technologies Corporation

    Fresh air, natural light, clean water. For years, we’ve all known – instinctively, at least – that these things make children happier and healthier. Recent scientific studies have reinforced that premise with empirical evidence, showing that children who spend most of their days in school perform better in a clean, chemical-free environment that is free of winter drafts and excessive summer heat. “Green” schools also save a significant amount of money through the use of energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.

    Unfortunately, most schools are a long way from being “green,” either from a cleanliness ...

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  • The Whole-School Sustainability Framework

    By Anisa Baldwin Metzger
    Center for Green Schools Fellows Manager

    This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important. And it is also why, at the conference, we released The Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a complement to the Green Ribbon Schools criteria and a resource to guide schools in ...

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  • Student organizations key to the Illinois CEE experience

    By Nishant Makhijani
    Student, University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign


    Originally published in the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Magazine, Winter 2014

    Recently, I shared the stage with David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. I had been asked to participate because of my long involvement with the USGBC student chapter here at Illinois. During the panel discussion, David asked me this question: “Nishant, what advice do you give to other students ...

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  • Question: Why educate for sustainability?

    By Jaimie Cloud
    President and Founder, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and Center for Green Schools Advisory Board member

    Answer:  Because we have to learn how to live well in our places without undermining the ability of our places to sustain us over time. If we are to succeed at doing so, then the knowledge, skills and habits-of-mind we need to do so must be cultivated in our schools.

    The National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability published by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has the potential to accelerate the shift ...

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  • Education, Business and Environmental Leaders Call for Action to Ensure Universal Sustainability Literacy in all U.S. Public Schools by 2040

    By Marisa Long
    Public Relations & Communications Director

    Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability

    Washington, D.C. — (March 25, 2014) — Today, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, together with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), released aNational Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, a call for action to ensure that Education for Sustainability (EfS) is accessible to all students across the United States. The plan outlines a robust goal for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools ...

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  • Who's counting? Center for Green Schools 2013 metrics

    By Jenny Wiedower
    K-12 Manager

    In 2013, the Center for Green Schools reached further, leveraged greater and invested more than we ever have. How do we know? We are maniacal about tracking our work – whether it be the number of people we engage, the number of resources we distribute or the way people talk about our work in the media, their social networks or in surveys.

    We welcome you to take a look at our 2013 Year-End Report Card.  The one-page infographic shows how we performed in the context of the goals we set for ourselves for 2013, ...

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  • Now recruiting volunteer national chairs to support Community Green

    The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, Community Green partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement with USGBC. Community Green was launched with five national chairs, but with the program’s expansion, we're now accepting applications for five additional national chairs in ...

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