The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, Community Green partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement with USGBC. Community Green was launched with five national chairs, but with the program’s expansion, we're now accepting applications for five additional national chairs in the following states: New York, Florida, New Jersey, Michigan and North Carolina.
Community Green offers an array of benefits tailored specifically for community colleges, including free educational tools and resources for faculty as well as one year of membership in USGBC at no cost. Students enrolled at Community Green member institutions in the program’s target states (currently Illinois, Texas, Virginia, California and Washington) are eligible to also receive free LEED credentialing exam registration and study materials.
The expansion of Community Green will allow the program to increase the number of target states and begin offering LEED credentialing benefits to institutions in New York, Florida, New Jersey, Michigan and North Carolina. To help lead this growth, the Center for Green Schools is engaging five new volunteer national chairs in each of these states. Recruitment is currently underway, and interested sustainability or community college professionals should express their interest immediately through an online application.
National chairs work as integral leaders of the Community Green program with a focus on overseeing the development, implementation, management and growth of green building education and training activity at community colleges regionally. National chairs receive in-person trainings from the Center for Green Schools, gain experience in building a program that will result in direct and large-scale sustainability implementation on community college campuses, earn continuing education hours to satisfy GBCI credential maintenance requirements, and more.