Center for Green Schools

Center for Green Schools Healthy, high-performing schools for all within this generation. Across America, the next generation of leaders walks into classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and lecture halls that are compromising their ability to learn, not enhancing it.

The Center was established to change that. We believe that everyone, from the kindergartner entering the classroom for the first time to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, should have the ability to learn in green buildings.

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Announcing the 2021/2022 fellowship cohort: with members from Baltimore City Public Schools, Bend-La Pine Schools, Berke...
11/02/2021

Announcing the 2021/2022 fellowship cohort: with members from Baltimore City Public Schools, Bend-La Pine Schools, Berkeley Unified School Distri, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy & Carson City School District, they represent 114,000 students, of whom 82% receive free and reduced lunch.

We're excited to see the impact these fellows make, learn more about each here:
https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/recipients-2021-leaders-sustainable-schools-fellowship-announced

Announcing the 2021/2022 fellowship cohort: with members from Baltimore City Public Schools, Bend-La Pine Schools, Berkeley Unified School Distri, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy & Carson City School District, they represent 114,000 students, of whom 82% receive free and reduced lunch.

We're excited to see the impact these fellows make, learn more about each here:
https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/recipients-2021-leaders-sustainable-schools-fellowship-announced

Reminder to join us tomorrow at 12:30pm ET to hear from the champions leading the transition to electric school buses. S...
11/02/2021

Reminder to join us tomorrow at 12:30pm ET to hear from the champions leading the transition to electric school buses. Sponsored by Highland Electric Fleets and Carrier, this session will answer all your questions about financing and implementing an e-bus program: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuceisrTstH9EdBoHXtiT3XyfMbRs-SKrZ

Reminder to join us tomorrow at 12:30pm ET to hear from the champions leading the transition to electric school buses. Sponsored by Highland Electric Fleets and Carrier, this session will answer all your questions about financing and implementing an e-bus program: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuceisrTstH9EdBoHXtiT3XyfMbRs-SKrZ

Just released: #GreenScreenCertified sets a new safety standard for #PFAS in #food service ware! Join the weinbar on 11/...
11/02/2021

Just released: #GreenScreenCertified sets a new safety standard for #PFAS in #food service ware!

Join the weinbar on 11/9 to learn more from Center for Environmental Health, Clean Production Action, Ecoproducts, NatureWorks , and Advocate Aurora Health: https://ceh.org/webinar-greenscreen-certified-pfas-free-and-safer-food-service-ware/

Just released: #GreenScreenCertified sets a new safety standard for #PFAS in #food service ware!

Join the weinbar on 11/9 to learn more from Center for Environmental Health, Clean Production Action, Ecoproducts, NatureWorks , and Advocate Aurora Health: https://ceh.org/webinar-greenscreen-certified-pfas-free-and-safer-food-service-ware/

#BREAKING: As world leaders convene for #COP26, 500+ legislators from 47 states & territories are urging President Joe B...
11/01/2021
State Legislators Call on Strong Federal Climate Action Ahead of COP26 | National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

#BREAKING: As world leaders convene for #COP26, 500+ legislators from 47 states & territories are urging President Joe Biden to set a federal commitment to decarbonization by 2050.

Read the full press release from National Caucus of Environmental Legislators: http://ow.ly/C1Ja50GBsfu

Over 500 State Legislators Call for Federal Climate Commitments to Achieve Full Decarbonization and Limit Warming to 1.5°C or Lower by 2050 Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), more than 500 state legislators sent a letter to President Biden calling for stronger federal cli...

#LEED Platinum Playa Vista Elementary School is a unique campus that intertwines sustainability goals with innovative te...
10/30/2021

#LEED Platinum Playa Vista Elementary School is a unique campus that intertwines sustainability goals with innovative teaching. The campus generates 58% of its energy on site through solar panels on the roof, which double as a shade structure for the outdoor corridor.

Water source heat pumps draw on a geothermal heat exchange system. The green energy system inspired the creation of an educational “treasure hunt” that teaches students how the system works, and encourages sustainable living.

📷: Edmund Barr
Courtesy of: @nacarchitecture

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools  traveled to North Carolina this month to tour past and present recipi...
10/30/2021
Advancing Sustainable Schools for All in North Carolina - ED.gov Blog

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools traveled to North Carolina this month to tour past and present recipients of the ED GRS recognition award and highlight the efforts that distinguished them in the three pillars of a green school. Read the overview of the week-long tour: https://blog.ed.gov/2021/10/advancing-sustainable-schools-for-all-in-north-carolina/

by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) welcomed U.S. Department of Education (ED) leadership including Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary Staci Monreal, and U.S. Department of Education Green R...

Final reminder: The 2022 Building Learners Cohort application closes 10/31 at 11:59pm. Apply now to learn from and conne...
10/29/2021

Final reminder: The 2022 Building Learners Cohort application closes 10/31 at 11:59pm. Apply now to learn from and connect with the other educators using their school building data in their teaching this year. https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/apply-scholarship-building-learners-program-0

Final reminder: The 2022 Building Learners Cohort application closes 10/31 at 11:59pm. Apply now to learn from and connect with the other educators using their school building data in their teaching this year. https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/apply-scholarship-building-learners-program-0

Trane Commercial is hosting a series of conversations with K-12 industry experts to discuss the most pressing topics in ...
10/28/2021

Trane Commercial is hosting a series of conversations with K-12 industry experts to discuss the most pressing topics in our schools. This week, Anisa Heming teamed up with Dr. Rengie Chan to examine the role of #airquality and building design guidelines in keeping schools healthy & efficient - and how federal stimulus funding can help schools meet their IAQ goals. Watch it on demand:
https://www.trane.com/commercial/north-america/us/en/about-us/markets/k-12-education/get-smart.html

Trane Commercial is hosting a series of conversations with K-12 industry experts to discuss the most pressing topics in our schools. This week, Anisa Heming teamed up with Dr. Rengie Chan to examine the role of #airquality and building design guidelines in keeping schools healthy & efficient - and how federal stimulus funding can help schools meet their IAQ goals. Watch it on demand:
https://www.trane.com/commercial/north-america/us/en/about-us/markets/k-12-education/get-smart.html

If you or someone you know runs facilities at your local K12 school district - share your experience with indoor #airqua...
10/28/2021

If you or someone you know runs facilities at your local K12 school district - share your experience with indoor #airquality and participate in our national survey to understand how schools have implemented ventilation, filtration, and other strategies: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IAQinSchools21

JUST RELEASED: A series of fact sheets breaking down the most common #airquality strategies for everyone to understand -...
10/27/2021

JUST RELEASED: A series of fact sheets breaking down the most common #airquality strategies for everyone to understand - not just engineers.

Share these with your school staff and community to communicate the basic facts around school IAQ:
https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/get-facts-about-air-quality-schools

JUST RELEASED: A series of fact sheets breaking down the most common #airquality strategies for everyone to understand - not just engineers.

Share these with your school staff and community to communicate the basic facts around school IAQ:
https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/get-facts-about-air-quality-schools

Electric school buses are having a moment in the US with districts like Montgomery County Public Schools, Beverly Public...
10/26/2021

Electric school buses are having a moment in the US with districts like Montgomery County Public Schools, Beverly Public Schools & Twin Rivers Unified School District leading the charge. Join us on November 3rd at 12:30pm ET to hear how they set goals and financed their e-bus programs from the leaders in these districts:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuceisrTstH9EdBoHXtiT3XyfMbRs-SKrZ

Electric school buses are having a moment in the US with districts like Montgomery County Public Schools, Beverly Public Schools & Twin Rivers Unified School District leading the charge. Join us on November 3rd at 12:30pm ET to hear how they set goals and financed their e-bus programs from the leaders in these districts:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuceisrTstH9EdBoHXtiT3XyfMbRs-SKrZ

Considering #LEED certification for your school construction projects? Join us tomorrow at 2pm to hear from Baltimore Ci...
10/25/2021
Every School Can Be Green: Platinum in Unexpected Places

Considering #LEED certification for your school construction projects? Join us tomorrow at 2pm to hear from Baltimore City Public Schools, State College Area School District, & DC Public Schools about their journey in pursuit of #LEED Platinum certification - the challenges and their most rewarding moments. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/every-school-can-be-green-platinum-in-unexpected-places-registration-174507184687

Learn from three public school systems that chose to pursue LEED Platinum for multiple schools—key decisions, challenges, and successes.

#LEED Gold District of Columbia International School (DCI), a model facility for state-of-the-art education and learning...
10/23/2021

#LEED Gold District of Columbia International School (DCI), a model facility for state-of-the-art education and learning concepts, is the first International Baccalaureate Middle and High Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Its new home at Delano Hall is an adaptive re-use project transforming a former nurses’ dormitory into a 177,000 sf school for two international language immersion programs, and is the first completed project of the ambitious Parks at Walter Reed development.

The modernization includes a full renovation of the 140,000 sf existing building, featuring a three-story learning commons combining library, performance space, food service, and genius bar. Complementing the existing structure, a new 37,000 sf contemporary addition houses the gymnasium, science labs, art studios, and maker labs.

📷: Andrew Rugge
Courtesy of: @perkinseastman.design

Schools built with sustainability and health in mind supports communities and most importantly, their student’s future. ...
10/22/2021

Schools built with sustainability and health in mind supports communities and most importantly, their student’s future.

A student from a #LEED certified school in VA shared with us their perspective on the need for net zero schools and how they channeled their passion for sustainability into creating a resource for students looking to get involved: https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/students-thoughts-advocating-net-zero-schools

Schools built with sustainability and health in mind supports communities and most importantly, their student’s future.

A student from a #LEED certified school in VA shared with us their perspective on the need for net zero schools and how they channeled their passion for sustainability into creating a resource for students looking to get involved: https://www.centerforgreenschools.org/students-thoughts-advocating-net-zero-schools

Have you been watching the #GreenStridesTour this week? U.S. Department of Education  traveled to North Carolina to visi...
10/22/2021

Have you been watching the #GreenStridesTour this week? U.S. Department of Education traveled to North Carolina to visit past honorees and highlight the need to rebuild our schools with sustainable infrastructure for a more efficient, healthy, and equitable future.

Explore #GreenStridesTour to see where the team went and the exciting initiatives these schools have implemented in their pursuit towards whole school sustainability.

Did you hear that Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is going Carbon net zero by 2030?! Read the school's ambitious plan to bec...
10/21/2021

Did you hear that Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy is going Carbon net zero by 2030?! Read the school's ambitious plan to become one of the greenest schools in the world and congratulate them on taking the first step to carbon neutrality 👏👏 https://www.hpa.edu/about/sustainability/

"We have a once-in-generation opportunity to correct the historic underinvestment in schools that would provide benefits...
10/21/2021
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our crumbling schools

"We have a once-in-generation opportunity to correct the historic underinvestment in schools that would provide benefits across three dimensions: Pandemic resilience, student and staff resilience and climate resilience." - Joseph Allen of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dr. Céline Gounder of Just Human Productions

A great Op-Ed in The Hill about the opportunity Congress has right now to invest in school infrastructure and rebuild them to be more efficient, resilient, and healthier for the students and school community. Encourage your members to include schools in the reconciliation bill!

https://thehill.com/opinion/education/577180-we-have-a-once-in-a-generation-opportunity-to-fix-our-crumbing-schools

This pandemic has already cost the nation tens of trillions of dollars: What if we spent even a fraction of a decimal point preparing for the nation’s future — our children’s future?

Do you know who runs facilities at your local K12 school district? Ask them to share their experience with indoor #airqu...
10/18/2021

Do you know who runs facilities at your local K12 school district? Ask them to share their experience with indoor #airquality measures in response to COVID-19 by taking the national school IAQ survey by Nov 30: https://bit.ly/3oWbtE4

Do you know who runs facilities at your local K12 school district? Ask them to share their experience with indoor #airquality measures in response to COVID-19 by taking the national school IAQ survey by Nov 30: https://bit.ly/3oWbtE4

#LEED Platinum Spring Creek Elementary School is home to 450 students in State College, Pennsylvania. The school merges ...
10/16/2021

#LEED Platinum Spring Creek Elementary School is home to 450 students in State College, Pennsylvania. The school merges modern collaborative educational models in a daylit facility that achieved an energy savings of over 57%.

Spring Creek Elementary blurs the line between program space and circulation reducing the overall footprint of the school and creating an open environment for education. Local materials are brought into the interior of the daylit school with strategic use of acoustical clouds and bulkheads defining spaces including the cafeteria and main commons that reaches out into the schools three grade houses.

📷: Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects
Courtesy of: @cra_architects

We were honored to attend and speak at a #LEED plaque ceremony with @baltcityschools  yesterday to congratulate the newl...
10/15/2021

We were honored to attend and speak at a #LEED plaque ceremony with @baltcityschools yesterday to congratulate the newly Platinum certified Holabird Academy and Graceland Park Elementary School. Students even shared what they loved most about their new building - what a great way to spend #LEEDWeek!

Calling all K-12 school districts: we are conducting a national survey to understand how ventilation, filtration, and ot...
10/15/2021

Calling all K-12 school districts: we are conducting a national survey to understand how ventilation, filtration, and other #airquality measures have been used by schools in during COVID-19. Participate by Nov 30: https://bit.ly/3oWbtE4

Calling all K-12 school districts: we are conducting a national survey to understand how ventilation, filtration, and other #airquality measures have been used by schools in during COVID-19. Participate by Nov 30: https://bit.ly/3oWbtE4

Today is #CEHday! All children deserve clean air and water, safer food and products, and healthy places to live, learn, ...
10/14/2021

Today is #CEHday! All children deserve clean air and water, safer food and products, and healthy places to live, learn, and play. Make your voice heard today in support of these basic rights for children. Visit cehday.org

Today is #CEHday! All children deserve clean air and water, safer food and products, and healthy places to live, learn, and play. Make your voice heard today in support of these basic rights for children. Visit cehday.org

We hosted a webinar last week featuring Boston Public Schools and IAQ engineer experts to discuss the current state of s...
10/13/2021
On-the-ground IAQ: Assessing Air Quality and Planning for Improvements | U.S. Green Building Council

We hosted a webinar last week featuring Boston Public Schools and IAQ engineer experts to discuss the current state of school IAQ strategies. We've made the recording available on the USGBC Education platform for free for all to view.

Get an understanding of how schools are implementing strategies and hear experts answer common questions about school IAQ:

https://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/ground-iaq-assessing-air-quality-and-planning-improvements-12849294

On-the-ground IAQ: Assessing Air Quality and Planning for Improvements

Reminder to join us at the Bridging The Gap: Facilities Funding and the #StateofOurSchools2021 report webcast today at 1...
10/13/2021

Reminder to join us at the Bridging The Gap: Facilities Funding and the #StateofOurSchools2021 report webcast today at 12pm ET to explore the inequity and shortcomings of funding in the US: https://bit.ly/3ooZv5D

Reminder to join us at the Bridging The Gap: Facilities Funding and the #StateofOurSchools2021 report webcast today at 12pm ET to explore the inequity and shortcomings of funding in the US: https://bit.ly/3ooZv5D

We’re telling our leaders, it’s #NowOrNever – because climate science and the experiences of those on the frontlines of ...
10/12/2021

We’re telling our leaders, it’s #NowOrNever – because climate science and the experiences of those on the frontlines of climate impacts make it undeniably clear that we have no more time to waste and we must enact an emergency response to the climate crisis right now!

Join us and @acespace by asking @potus to declare a climate emergency: bit.ly/3ihD7Hd

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