USGBC Idaho: Green Schools Challenge

Published on: 
15 Aug 2015
Kris Wilson

USGBC Idaho is issuing a challenge—green your school! Having a more sustainable school building can lower operating costs and have a positive effect on students, teachers and the community. Our goal is to empower students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments.

About the 2016 Challenge

How do schools save money and improve student health and performance by being green? On average, green schools use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than conventionally constructed schools, significantly reducing utility costs.

Green schools emphasize high indoor air quality by improving air circulation, removing toxic materials and products and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, they incorporate high-quality acoustics and temperature control systems. They use daylight strategies to create welcoming learning environments that reduce distractions and encourage student participation.

USGBC Idaho is energized to start a green school movement in our state, and we hope your school will join us by entering the Green Schools Challenge. Schools are encouraged to form a Green Team and complete the online application. Green Teams may be classrooms, a grade level, an entire school or a student club. One entry per school is allowed.


Green Teams will undertake a low- or no-cost project to green their school. To assist Green Teams, a USGBC Green Mentor will be assigned to each Green Team to help with ideas, documentation and community resources. Each Green Team will submit their energy or resource savings with either a five-minute video or digital presentation for judging by an impartial panel by April 1, 2016.


Trophies will be presented to the top elementary school, middle/junior and senior high schools at the final awards ceremony. The Green Schools Coalition will announce winners sometime around Earth Day (April 22, 2016). Exact date and venue will be announced later.

For more information, email the Idaho Green Schools Coalition

Take up the Green Schools Challenge

Key Dates
September 1- October 30,2015 Team Registration Period
September 1- October 30, 2015 Mentor Registration Period
April 1, 2016 Project Submission Deadline
April 2016 Winners Announced


For Schools  For Mentors     Helpful Links 
Online Entry Form Online Mentor Application The Center for Green Schools
Scoring Rubric Mentor Description Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program
School To-Do List Sustainable Curriculum Links
Photo Release Form Green Schools Initiative How Green is Your School? Take a Quiz.
Photo Release Form in Spanish Green Bronx Machine
Green Schools Challenge FAQ Biomimicry Education Network
2015 Winners Idaho Environmental Education Association (IdEEA)
94 Ways to Green Your School
2015-2016 GSC Flyer
Cover Sheet for Project Submission