• 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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  • USGBC Announces 2014 School District Scholarship Recipients

    By Aline Peterson
    Media & Communications Specialist, USGBC


    School Districts to Receive Hands-on Sustainability Support

    Washington, D.C. – (Oct. 30, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The six selected school districts across the nation will receive year-round support from the Center for Green Schools and a broad network of school sustainability leaders.

    “The School District Scholarship program provides real, on the ground opportunities for entire school districts to engage in sustainability improvements and ongoing education,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at ...

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  • Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card

    By Jenny Wiedower
    K-12 Manager


    Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014?

    We’ve just published our 2014 Midyear Report Card, our semi-annual check-in on progress we’ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement.  

    As you’ll see below, we’ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections:

    1. The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance we provide to schools, and the volunteer leaders we support with trainings
    2. The number of rockstar volunteers across ...

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