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.
|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|