The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is excited to announce its partnership with the Green Schools National Network to co-present the “Best of Green Schools 2016.” The Best of Green Schools recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in creating healthy, efficient learning environments for our students.
2015 was another fantastic year for the green schools movement. We have a lot to celebrate, 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 policymakers, schools all over the world are becoming healthier, greener places to learn, work and play.
Best of Green Schools is here to celebrate the work that you or someone in your community is doing to push the green schools movement forward. Last year’s honorees included schools with innovative and curriculum-integrated activities that represent the best that 21st century learning has to offer, policymakers who’ve made green schools part of their platform and legacy and organizations that take local collaboration to the next level, truly embodying the intersection of people, planet and prosperity.
If you or someone you know made significant strides toward creating more sustainable schools in the past year, we want to hear from you! You are welcome to submit nominations for yourself and others. The call for nominations deadline is February 26, 2016.
Winners will be announced and awarded at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo, March 31–April 1 in Pittsburgh, Penn. No setting could be more fitting to announce this year’s “Best Of” than this annual gathering of the leaders and innovators in the green schools movement.
After you submit your nomination, register to attend the conference so you’ll be on hand in Pittsburgh to see (or receive!) the awards.
2016 Best of Green Schools Categories and Criteria
K–12 School: Recognizing schools that have consistently modeled exemplary green school practices and share what they have learned with external communities.
School System: Recognizing school systems and districts that have created long-term partnerships, demonstrated a commitment to systemic change and shared best practices with external communities.
Higher Ed Institution: Recognizing higher education institutions or faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the K–12 green schools movement through partnership, research and/or scholarship.
Policy Maker: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting policies at the local, state or federal level that support the necessary systemic change to ensure that all children can attend a green school.
Ambassador: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting green schools in K–12 classroom settings, and have engaged community organizations to create systemic change to strengthen the green schools movement and create a more sustainable future.
Collaborator: Recognizing organizations and governmental agencies that have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.
Student Leader: Recognizing K–12 students who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting improvements to their schools and communities.
Business Leader: Recognizing private-sector organizations and individuals who have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.
Transformation: Recognizing investments of time, energy and resources to transform a school, school community, event or policy into an exemplary model for the green schools movement.
Moment for the Movement: Recognizing events, initiatives or happenings that significantly advanced the green schools movement.