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Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary School was built in Lethbridge, Alberta, as a brand new, 5,000 square meter, single-story ...
02/04/2023

Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary School was built in Lethbridge, Alberta, as a brand new, 5,000 square meter, single-story building with eight additional modular units.

This school includes new solar panels covering the gymnasium's roof and the west and south walls. With this solar array, the building saves 102% energy over the NECB 2011 baseline required in LEED v4, which means it generates more power than it uses. The school has an outdoor energy classroom and playground with educational zones relating to sun, earth, and wind/hydro, and the playground equipment exhibits energy efficiency.

📷: FWBA Architects
Architect: FWBA Architects

The 2023 Green Schools Conference will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans. Discounted room rates are available until Mo...
02/03/2023

The 2023 Green Schools Conference will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans. Discounted room rates are available until Monday, February 6, 2023, or until they sell out. Don’t miss out - use the link to reserve your room today! https://bit.ly/3RL1iyB

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02/03/2023

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Green Schools Conference is this month!

That means Friends & Family is around the corner as well. On February 27, we’re back with one of our most anticipated events. Get ready to kick off GSC23 with GSNN. Register today! https://bit.ly/3X4LLdD

 is less than a month away! We have highlighted some of the exciting opportunities at this year's event. Register today ...
02/01/2023

is less than a month away! We have highlighted some of the exciting opportunities at this year's event. Register today to join us in New Orleans! https://bit.ly/3WSthNJ

Join Friends of Lafitte Greenway and SPROUT NOLA for a green infrastructure tour and outdoor service project along the s...
01/31/2023

Join Friends of Lafitte Greenway and SPROUT NOLA for a green infrastructure tour and outdoor service project along the scenic Lafitte Greenway before the 2023 Green Schools Conference starts on Feb 27! Register here: https://bit.ly/3DcNZAD

Register for our free webinar on March 22 to hear directly from school district leaders about their zero waste goals and...
01/30/2023

Register for our free webinar on March 22 to hear directly from school district leaders about their zero waste goals and recent innovations in efficient material management systems, from bin design to construction and placement. Register here: https://bit.ly/3D7CRF4

The  silver Riley Center for STEM Education in Villanova, Pennsylvania, supports the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur’s in...
01/28/2023

The silver Riley Center for STEM Education in Villanova, Pennsylvania, supports the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur’s institutional mission of educating young women for responsible living in a global society. The design sensitively responds to the traditional architecture of Notre Dame’s historic campus while introducing a forward-looking facility that embraces 21st century science education. The Center is the cornerstone project in the realization of the school’s recent master plan.

The new science labs provide state-of-the-art college-level equipment and infrastructure, including fume hoods, vacuum/gas-equipped lab benches, and dedicated prep rooms. Pairs of chemistry, life science, and physics labs vertically stack in the building to maximize infrastructure efficiency. Additional lab spaces dedicated to environmental science, robotics, and design entrepreneurship are each equipped with the appropriate tools and technology. These daylit spaces provide expansive views of campus and include physical connections to the outdoor amphitheater and garden. Seminar-style classrooms across the corridor from the labs are dedicated to math. Spaces throughout are equipped with movable furniture for ease of reconfiguration.

📷: Halkin Mason Photography
Architect: SMP Architects

Before the 2023 Green Schools Conference, join the USGBC Louisiana Chapter for a tour highlighting the Louisiana Childre...
01/27/2023

Before the 2023 Green Schools Conference, join the USGBC Louisiana Chapter for a tour highlighting the Louisiana Children's Museum's sustainable design and connection to learning. Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/3ZRTBKm

The 12th annual Green Schools Conference is less than a month away! Learn about the unique events and happenings at this...
01/26/2023

The 12th annual Green Schools Conference is less than a month away! Learn about the unique events and happenings at this year's conference. https://bit.ly/3HdPrns

Join us February 9th for our free webinar on state-level climate education policy and hear stories from our state-focuse...
01/26/2023

Join us February 9th for our free webinar on state-level climate education policy and hear stories from our state-focused panelists showcasing the work schools are doing to implement innovative climate programming in the classroom. Register here: https://bit.ly/3QYPPLa

Join us for the  Measuring, Monitoring & Communicating for Zero Waste in Schools Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2023 Gre...
01/25/2023

Join us for the Measuring, Monitoring & Communicating for Zero Waste in Schools Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2023 Green Schools Conference ! True Certification for Zero Waste is hosting an interactive workshop for K-12 and higher education leadership about strengthening training, reuse, recycling, composting and purchasing programs. https://bit.ly/3kuCL3U

Today is International Day of Education! If you are a K-12 teacher or school leader looking for access to lessons, activ...
01/24/2023

Today is International Day of Education!

If you are a K-12 teacher or school leader looking for access to lessons, activities, and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy, and real-world action, check out our Learning Lab education platform. An annual subscription to this platform includes access to over 600 hands-on lessons. https://bit.ly/3Iz38zM

Hear the highlights from the 2021 and 2022 Building Learners cohorts that brought green building education to their stud...
01/23/2023

Hear the highlights from the 2021 and 2022 Building Learners cohorts that brought green building education to their students. https://bit.ly/3XPpcdP

The new  gold Huntsville School in Alberta, Canada, provides spaces for students, teachers, and parents to come together...
01/21/2023

The new gold Huntsville School in Alberta, Canada, provides spaces for students, teachers, and parents to come together in a facility with a new sense of identity in the town of Iron Springs. As a school with a remote rural location, it has access to a lot of nature and natural light, allowing it to generate more power than it uses via solar installations.

📷: FWBA Architects
Architect: FWBA Architects

Check out what NOLA has to offer, including special tours for conference attendees, while you are visiting for the 2023 ...
01/19/2023

Check out what NOLA has to offer, including special tours for conference attendees, while you are visiting for the 2023 Green Schools Conference! https://bit.ly/3ZKfR90

The new Saugus Middle High School in Saugus, Massachusetts, is a contemporary public educational facility that brings to...
01/14/2023

The new Saugus Middle High School in Saugus, Massachusetts, is a contemporary public educational facility that brings together 1,360 middle and high school students in a STEAM-driven complex of fabrication labs, collaboration spaces, and project areas that offer hands-on opportunities for exploratory learning.

As the first state-funded school building in Massachusetts to achieve Platinum certification, Saugus Middle High School demonstrates a holistic approach to sustainability. The design harnesses daylight in multi-story lightwells, generates energy on-site, conserves and reuses water, mitigates carbon production, and integrates healthy materials in a facility that promotes student well-being and inspires a passion for learning.

📷: Robert Benson Photography
Architect: HMFH Architects, Inc.

Good news! We have extended the Green Schools Conference early bird registration to January 17th , which means you will ...
01/13/2023

Good news! We have extended the Green Schools Conference early bird registration to January 17th , which means you will be able to take advantage of the discounted rate for a little bit longer. Register here before it ends: https://greenschoolsconference.org/

Tomorrow is the last day to register with early bird rates for ! Join us in New Orleans February 27- March 1 as we discu...
01/12/2023

Tomorrow is the last day to register with early bird rates for ! Join us in New Orleans February 27- March 1 as we discuss topics from environmental impact, health and wellbeing, sustainability literacy, equity and whole school sustainability, and more! https://bit.ly/3X7WXXr

New report released by UndauntedK12 and  shares the importance of all-electric, high-performance HVAC systems in our sch...
01/12/2023

New report released by UndauntedK12 and shares the importance of all-electric, high-performance HVAC systems in our schools. Read the report here: bit.ly/3GjMWzw

Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day! Join us today and clean out old piles of paper, decorations, science experime...
01/09/2023

Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

Join us today and clean out old piles of paper, decorations, science experiments, etc., to help improve your classroom's . Sign up for the online Green Classroom Professional Certificate course to learn more about creating healthier, resource-efficient, and environmentally sustainable learning spaces. https://bit.ly/3iqzrGp

The  silver Swallows Charter Academy is a core knowledge charter school serving grades PK through 12 in Pueblo West, Col...
01/07/2023

The silver Swallows Charter Academy is a core knowledge charter school serving grades PK through 12 in Pueblo West, Colorado. This project is a BEST grant-funded classroom wing providing educational space for the elementary and middle portions of the school, grades K-8. The new construction is about 45,000 square feet and two stories. The addition includes a new administrative office suite, learning commons, and a STEM lab.

📷: Hord Coplan Macht
Designer: Hord Coplan Macht

01/04/2023

The U.S. Department of Education developed ED Infrastructure and Sustainability News to provide resources, promote events, and share inspiring stories of healthy, safe, sustainable 21st century learning environments and environmental sustainability learning.

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White House Council on Environmental Quality

Round one of DOE’s Renew America’s Schools grant program opens $80M to schools to invest in facility infrastructure, low...
01/04/2023

Round one of DOE’s Renew America’s Schools grant program opens $80M to schools to invest in facility infrastructure, lower utility costs, and improve indoor air quality. These investments will improve learning environments and educational outcomes for students and educators, while freeing up funds to invest back in local schools.

With energy consumption being the second-highest operational expense for schools, let’s better serve our students, teachers, and staff by taking action. The Renew America’s Schools grant program application is open. Learn more about how you can help revitalize your local school below.
https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId06985843-f32c-494e-880a-cb5db6d787a4

01/04/2023

Let the countdown commence! 🎉🕛🎇

States are readying their nominees for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2023, submitting to the U.S. Department of Education no later than Feb. 15.

We expect to highlight some fantastic sustainable schools in the spring!

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EcoRise
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Eco-Schools USA
EarthDay.org
North American Association for Environmental Education - NAAEE

Happy New Year from the Center for Green Schools! 2022 has been a milestone year for green schools; take a look at our y...
01/01/2023

Happy New Year from the Center for Green Schools! 2022 has been a milestone year for green schools; take a look at our year by the numbers. bit.ly/3PJKmas

The new  silver Englewood STEM High School is located in Chicago’s south side and serves as a portal to encourage studen...
12/31/2022

The new silver Englewood STEM High School is located in Chicago’s south side and serves as a portal to encourage students to “reach beyond” their community. The 147,000 square foot three-story school building serves 1,200 students and features flexible learning spaces, state-of-the-art CTE and Allied Heath classrooms, diverse learning classrooms with pullout spaces, and typical classroom spaces. The materials and technology used at the school respond to the needs of a 21st-century learning facility while incorporating responsible, sustainable design principles.

Sustainable design principles include a reflective roof that reduces the heat island effect, 100% stormwater management on-site through an infiltration system below the athletic fields, abundant natural light, acoustic sound control, and the use of sustainable materials that limit harmful chemical release.

📷: Patrick Pyszka
Architect: Moody Nolan

Surrounded by single-story homes on three sides, the new 80,800 square feet Govalle Elementary School in Austin ISD in T...
12/24/2022

Surrounded by single-story homes on three sides, the new 80,800 square feet Govalle Elementary School in Austin ISD in Texas is the result of a transparent community-based planning effort spanning two years. This silver school serves 522 students, represents its neighborhood, engages its community, and embraces its history and diverse population of learners.

Sustainability, collaboration, creativity, cultural proficiency, community, and outdoor connection were the driving factors in the design. The design mirrors the modern and flexible environment we live in today, where both collaborative and individual opportunity spaces are key to success and where students have space to experiment, explore and work individually or collaboratively as part of a small team.

📷: Brian Mihealsick
Architect: PBK Architects

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!
12/23/2022

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Don't forget to register to join us at the 2023 Green Schools Conference in New Orleans! Early bird registration ends Ja...
12/21/2022

Don't forget to register to join us at the 2023 Green Schools Conference in New Orleans! Early bird registration ends January 13th. greenschoolsconference.org

Holabird Academy in Baltimore City Public Schools replacement elementary/middle school demonstrates Baltimore’s focus on...
12/17/2022

Holabird Academy in Baltimore City Public Schools replacement elementary/middle school demonstrates Baltimore’s focus on project-based learning, sustainability, community use facilities, and energy-conscious schools in an urban environment. This school is a platinum school that serves an under resourced area.

Holabird Academy features an optimized building envelope with ICF (insulated concrete form) wall construction and daylight glazing in classrooms and collaborative clusters.

📷: Martice Tucker (Grimm + Parker)
Architect: Grimm + Parker Architects

Don't miss out on what is happening at the Center for Green Schools! Sign up for email updates by heading to our website...
12/16/2022

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The Pillars are:

1) Reducing environmental impact and costs, encompassing facilities, grounds, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water, and transportation;

2) Improving the health and wellness of students and staff, encompassing environmental health, nutrition, and outdoors physical activity; and

3) Teaching effective environmental sustainability education.

Nominees must be showing progress in all areas, not just one, in order to receive the recognition award.

Reach out to your state education authorities, whether K-12 or postsecondary, today to apply for state nominations to ED!

https://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html

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Green Schools National Network
Eco-Schools USA
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Photo credit: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
It’s never too early to contact your state education authorities about nomination for . States are searching for good 2023 nominees now!

https://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/contacts.html

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Eco-Schools USA
EarthDay.org
Green Schools National Network
Center for Green Schools

Photo credit: 2018 honoree River's Edge Academy School, St. Paul, Minnesota
We're celebrating with 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School DC Bilingual Public Charter School which offers dual language immersion in a LEED Gold facility. Other highlights of the school's work include:

• D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School established a Department of Food and Wellness to oversee the school nutrition program, manage culinary and gardening education, and maintain the 7,000-square-foot school garden.
• The space is large enough to host a diverse habitat, including a butterfly garden, koi pond, triple-bin compost, vermicompost, sensory garden, 15 raised beds for crops, and 16 fruit and flowering trees.
• Students benefit from daily science education in all grades, with hands-on opportunities in the school garden, rain gardens, and forest, as well as visits to local farms, parks, and nature centers.
• They care for a variety of on-campus animals, including a turtles, fish, bees, and chickens
• After-school programming, called “The Hive,” prioritizes outdoor education and incorporates nature-based activities.

Learn more about the honorees: www.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/performance.html

Office of the State Superintendent of Education
White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
Center for Green Schools
NOAA Education
How can a well-designed, green school help students learn better?

Check out this week’s episode of with host Kevin P. Chavous and this week’s guest, Anisa Heming, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Watch or listen here: https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
How can a well-designed, green school help students learn better?

Check out this week’s episode of with host Kevin P. Chavous and this week’s guest, Anisa Heming, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Watch or listen here: https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
There’s a difference between replicating what’s been done and total transformation.

That’s where the director of Center for Green Schools Anisa Heming comes in, as she discusses the transforming nature of sustainability with Kevin P. Chavous on this week’s .

Check it out! https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
There’s a difference between replicating what’s been done and total transformation.

That’s where the director of Center for Green Schools Anisa Heming comes in, as she discusses the transforming nature of sustainability with Kevin P. Chavous on this week’s .

Check it out! https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
How can a sustainable school help students become better citizens?

Join host Kevin P. Chavous this week as he discusses school building designs of the future with Anisa Heming, director for the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Watch or listen here: https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
How can a sustainable school help students become better citizens?

Join host Kevin P. Chavous this week as he discusses school building designs of the future with Anisa Heming, director for the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Watch or listen here: https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
During the pandemic, many schools realized they needed to improve their buildings’ air quality.

Joining Kevin P. Chavous on this week’s , Anisa Heming, director for the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, talks about how buildings contribute to children’s health, and what steps schools can take toward sustainability.

In this newest episode, Anisa Heming also shares what she learned from helping rebuild schools after Hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Ian today.

Watch or listen here: https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
During the pandemic, many schools realized they needed to improve their buildings’ air quality.

Joining Kevin P. Chavous on this week’s , Anisa Heming, director for the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, talks about how buildings contribute to children’s health, and what steps schools can take toward sustainability.

In this newest episode, Anisa Heming also shares what she learned from helping rebuild schools after Hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Ian today.

Watch or listen here: https://www.stridelearning.com/insights/what-will-the-sustainable-school-of-the-future-look-like.html
Schools across the country are taking great steps to limit their waste through education and implementing recycling and composting programs. But to achieve true zero waste, we need to incorporate the circular economy into the stream. Hear from UC Berkeley and the Center for Green Schools about just how to do that at your school on Thursday. Together, .
Hear the latest from Center for Green Schools director Anisa Heming as she discusses improving air quality in our schools with
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Our esteemed colleague Anisa Heming, Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on CBSNews doing her part to bring school infrastructure needs into the public consciousness:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/how-the-biden-administration-and-schools-are-trying-to-lower-chances-of-spreading-covid-19/

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Join our friends at Center for Green Schools to learn how to get your school on a path to zero waste.

ICYMI: The Center for Green Schools recently published this report exploring how school districts around the country have continued to manage air quality during the second year of the pandemic. Do these results align with your experiences?
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