• USGBC South Florida's Generation Green Event

    By Linda Smithe
    USGBC South Florida Chapter

    The weather held off for the USGBC South Florida Chapter Treasure Coast Branch's first Generation Green Event on April 21, 2012. 175 registered attendees representing four counties attended the Generation Green Awards Ceremony.

    The program was meant to provide recognition for green initiatives and honored people and groups including teacher, student, student group, school, principal and district.The Generation Green event was the ceremony and celebration for these Green Apple Awards.

    The afternoon started out with a review of the applications, lunch and raffle prizes. Emily Knupp, grassroots outreach specialist for the Center for Green ...

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  • Henley Middle School’s Renewable Energy Resource Center

    By Lindsay Snoddy

    Environmental Compliance Manager, Albemarle County Public Schools

    Henley Middle School received grant funding from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to build a Renewable Energy Resource Center. The Renewable Energy Resource Center is located in Crozet, Virginia and is part of the Albemarle County Public School Division. The Center includes a 42 kW solar photovoltaic array, a solar thermal system providing approximately 60 percent of the school’s hot water, and a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine. The school community worked for almost two years to raise money through bakes sales, art auctions, and golf tournaments for ...

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  • USGBC and the Congressional Green Schools Caucus Celebrate Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

    By Nathaniel Allen
    Center for Green Schools Advocacy Lead

    On Tuesday evening, April 24, USGBC co-hosted a reception with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus to celebrate the third annual release of the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, 2012 Edition.

    The program featured remarks from Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus, who welcomed the attendees to Capitol Hill and spoke about the importance of green schools. Jayson Greene from the Princeton Review discussed their imperative to create this popular resource and Andrea Trimble from Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability, who also serves as a ...

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  • Will You Be @Greenbuild? Apply Today for a Scholarship to Attend This Year’s Conference

    By Vanessa Santos
    Higher Ed Associate

    USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo is an unparalleled event in the industry that brings together people and products that are driving the green building movement. Every year, the event serves as a culmination of what has happened in green building over the last year, and inspires us to think big about where the movement is going and how we can be a part of it.

    At the Center for Green Schools, we see the future of this industry as a chance for everyone to learn and work in a healthy, energy-efficient school that ...

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  • Pennsylvania Schools are Rocking the Green Ribbon Program!

    By Janet Milkman
    Executive Director, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

    On April 19, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council recognized all 24 schools in their Chapter’s region that applied for the Green Ribbon program. Two of them, Radnor Middle School and Springside Chestnut Hill (pictured) were notified on Monday by the U.S. Department of Education that they had been named Green Ribbon Schools! The three USGBC chapters in PA (Green Building Alliance and USGBC Central PA), along with their sponsors, Armstrong World Industries, the American Lung Association and Massaro Construction Management, recognized the PA applicants with a certificate and a ...

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  • Introducing the Green Apple Day of Service

    By Rachel Gutter
    Director, Center for Green Schools

    Last week, I was able to visit one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to make an exciting announcement, recognizing the Green School in Bali as the Center for Green School’s “2012 Greenest School on Earth.” The school has some incredible features, such as structures made from environmentally friendly bamboo, solar energy and vortex hydro technology projects to remove the school entirely off the grid, bio-intensive farming around campus to raise organic food and so much more. The Green School is a reflection of the values of the Balinese people, ...

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  • Rachel Gutter Visits Green School in Bali

    Last week, Rachel Gutter visited the Green School in Bali, Indonesia to present them with the Center for Green Schools "2012 Greenest School on Earth" Award. The school has some incredible features, such as structures made from environmentally friendly bamboo, solar energy and vortex hydro technology projects to remove the school entirely off the grid, bio-intensive farming around campus to raise organic food and so much more. Check out the amazing video footage of her time there, along with the school's Earth Day celebrations!


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  • What You Need to Know About the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program

    By Nathaniel Allen
    Center for Green Schools Advocacy Lead

    In his 2012 Earth Day Proclamation, President Obama outlines the case for green schools and recognizes the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program as a driver for improving school sustainability, health and education for 21st century jobs. I had the privilege to attend the announcement of the inaugural class of Green Ribbon Schools, made by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley. The event was held at Stoddert Elementary, a beautiful LEED Gold facility and one of ...

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  • Putting the Students in Charge

    Phoebe Beierle
    Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow for Boston Public Schools

    “In order to solve our climate problems, we need a coalition of leaders.” This was the message delivered by Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network leaders, Rebecca Park and Eshe Sherley, as they addressed two dozen peer students who had gathered to envision how a rooftop sustainability learning center could shape their educational experience in and out of school. Students, teachers, non-profit leaders and even EPA Region 1 Administrator Kurt Spaulding gathered together in the new LEED certified wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to dream ...

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  • The Center for Green Schools and Princeton Review Release Free Guide to 322 Green Colleges

    By Kristin Simmons Ferguson
    Higher Ed Associate

    For the third year in a row, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council celebrates the release of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition. This year’s guide profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

    The guide comes at an important time, with many high school seniors getting ready to decide which school they will spend the next four years of their life attending. ...

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