Green schools for all in this generation.
At the Center for Green Schools, we believe that all students deserve to attend schools that value their health, their future, and the future of the planet. Our vision is for all schools to be integrated models of sustainability for their students, teachers, and community. When we move toward this vision, communities and individuals, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, have the opportunity to be healthy and thrive—physically, socially, and economically. We believe modeling sustainability through green schools encourages collective action to regenerate natural resources and protect the wellbeing of all people. Our mission is to support and train those implementing sustainability within school systems to be the most effective change agents they can be, through professional development, peer networks, research, and advocacy.
Understanding the unique challenges and needs faced by pre-K-12 schools and districts, the Center for Green Schools also supports green school efforts by offering a free first year of USGBC membership to schools and districts, which gives them access to educational opportunities and a community of green building experts.
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. Since that time, we have focused on the highest impact opportunities to accelerate a global green school movement.
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 began its work to help schools across the nation and around the world on their journey to become green.
Our supporters go beyond financial contributions. They are committed to partnering with the Center toward a future where all schools are models of sustainability for students, teachers, and communities. By supporting the Center, donors become visible champions and align with a respected leader at the forefront of healthy, equitable, climate-forward schools.