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Our Grades Are In! Center for Green Schools’ 2012 Report Card

By Jenny Wiedower
K-12 Manager

We’ve been tracking our work throughout the year to keep us honest and to keep you informed about the work we’re doing – and progress we’re making – to empower communities across the country and throughout the world to improve their schools and campuses. Take a short tour with me, and I’ll walk you through the highlights!

Here’s the full report – feel free to download and share with your friends! We’ve “rolled up” each of the infographic sections on the front page to try to show the collective progress we’ve made this year.

To calculate the number of students who learn in schools and on campuses with green building policies, we counted states that have adopted green building policies inclusive of public K-12 school buildings and colleges and universities that have signed the ACUPCC Tangible Action 1 - Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent. 

Center for Green Schools team members provide education, leadership development, training and guidance through in-person and online resources throughout the year – in most cases, completely free of cost. The Center invests in activities and institutions through grant funding, in-kind gifts and services, energy and water savings and new resources. 

If you know us, you know our lifeblood is the people we work with: YOU! Though the ways we engage different people varies, we count every one of you as a part of this movement. In 2012, many of you donated volunteer time outside of your day job to change your communities - that’s the workload equivalent of hiring 377 full time employees for a full year! At the current rate of over $21 an hour, volunteers’ donated time makes up a significant portion of our total “dollars deployed.”

Thanks to our first Green Apple Day of Service and the increasing visibility of the green schools movement, we reached more people in 2012 through various media outlets than ever before.

The depth and breadth of our partners in this movement never cease to amaze us. Through the 14 initiatives that the Center for Green Schools supports, we reach communities in every state and through Green Apple Day of Service, we expanded our reach to 49 countries across the globe. At this rate, we’re going to need to get a larger map for 2013!