Green schools for all in this generation.
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council believes that all students deserve to attend sustainable schools that enhance their health and prepare them for 21st century careers.
Our work brings sustainability to life in the classroom and encourages communities to work together toward a future that is healthier for people and the planet. We welcome you to learn and to advance the green schools movement along with us.
Understanding the unique challenges and needs faced by K-12 schools and districts, the Center for Green Schools is committed to support green school efforts by offering a free first year of USGBC membership. In order to sign up for a free year of USGBC membership, available only to K-12 schools and districts that are new to membership, please fill out this form.
Who we are
USGBC launched the National Green Schools Campaign alongside partners at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative, committing to a vision of green schools for every child. That same year, USGBC launched the LEED for Schools rating system, which provided a leadership standard for better, healthier school buildings.
After listening to and learning from school leaders around the country, USGBC founded the Center for Green Schools in 2010, broadening its foundational work in the green building movement to encompass topics and issues important to schools and the people in them every day: teachers, students, staff, and parents.
We are committed to the highest impact opportunities to accelerate a global green schools movement. Since the Center for Green Schools’ founding, we have sustained volunteer action in every state, inspired global service in schools during the Green Apple Day of Service through the action of more than 800,000 volunteers across 73 countries, and educated champions at the annual Green Schools Conference & Expo.
We have reinforced our belief that healthy learning environments lead to thriving communities with the publication of original research and policy analysis, and we have increased the introduction of green schools legislation in U.S. states by five-fold. To support high-quality education for sustainability, we created and maintain Learning Lab, which offers over 500 lessons in English and Spanish from a dozen partners, all aligned with curriculum standards.
Our staff and volunteers have worked to establish the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program in dozens of states, strengthening the program’s “three pillars” of a green school as unifying criteria for the movement. This criteria is now used by organizations in 32 countries around the world.
The Center For Green Schools was launched at USGBC with the generous support of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) as our Founding Sponsor. Through UTC’s years of support, the Center has helped schools across the nation and around the world on their journey to become green.
UTC’s support of the Center goes beyond founding sponsorship. Worldwide, employees throughout the company’s many facets are supporting green schools, participating in Green Apple Day Of Service, encouraging local schools and districts to lead sustainability initiatives, and introducing a new generation to the green schools movement.