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.
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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.

Mission: Green schools for all within this generation.

Operating as usual

10/30/2020
Green Schools Scholar: Caroline Coster

Green School Scholar, Caroline Coster, shares how her energy team acted quickly working to slay #energyvampires after schools shut their doors to students & teachers. Metro Nashville Public Schools has reduced its energy consumption by 33% in just 4 months from their work! https://bit.ly/2TA0sY9

FutureEd
10/29/2020
FutureEd

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A new report from the Aspen Institute’s K12 Climate Action Initiative examines schools’ striking environmental impact and explores state policies that can help schools embrace sustainable practices—and promote schools’ educational mission in the process. FutureEd Policy Associate Brooke LePage discussed the report’s findings with K12 Climate Action’s Senior Fellow Laura Schifter. https://www.future-ed.org/going-green-k-12-schools-as-models-of-sustainability/

⏰ SCHOLARSHIP ⏰Join the Building Learners program, which uses Arc to help K-12 students track their school's eco-footpri...
10/28/2020

⏰ SCHOLARSHIP ⏰
Join the Building Learners program, which uses Arc to help K-12 students track their school's eco-footprint. Join a virtual cohort to connect with other classrooms — applications sent in by Nov. 10 could win a scholarship!
Register: https://bit.ly/2JeShOZ

10/28/2020
Young people are part of the solution

It’s critical that young people feel like they’re part of the solution when it comes to climate change. “They have tremendous energy, tremendous passion, tremendous curiosity, and they’re hopeful,” explains Joan Leavens, previous coordinator of sustainability and community at the Shawnee Mission School District. https://bit.ly/34ywtWC

10/23/2020
Green Schools Scholar: Debbie Heitman

Debbie Heitman, Energy Management Specialist at Davenport Community Schools is a 2019-2020 Green School Scholar. Under her leadership the District was a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Schools winner. Learn more about the district’s sustainability impacts: https://bit.ly/31yR8Ib

Debbie Heitman, Green School Scholar from Davenport Community Schools in Iowa, sat down with us to share some of the sil...
10/22/2020

Debbie Heitman, Green School Scholar from Davenport Community Schools in Iowa, sat down with us to share some of the silver linings in the school district's sustainability work since #COVID19. Read a few of her insights and tune in tomorrow to hear more from her, 1:1! https://bit.ly/31yR8Ib

Only 14 states have policies or programs to encourage schools to divert surplus food waste. Read the K12 Climate Action ...
10/21/2020
State Policy Landscape 2020 - K12 Climate Action

Only 14 states have policies or programs to encourage schools to divert surplus food waste. Read the K12 Climate Action with the Aspen Institute report that highlights opportunities for growth in climate action by focusing on state-level policy. We must act now to be a force for climate action, solutions, and environmental justice. https://www.k12climateaction.org/blog/state-policy-landscape-2020 #K12ClimateAction

A State Policy Landscape: K12 Climate Action looks at key areas where states have policies that can support schools in moving toward climate action.

The Nature Conservancy, one of #K12LearningLab's partners, is offering a new Nature Lab Virtual Field Trip, "Changing Cl...
10/19/2020
Nature Conservancy offers virtual field trip about climate change | U.S. Green Building Council

The Nature Conservancy, one of #K12LearningLab's partners, is offering a new Nature Lab Virtual Field Trip, "Changing Climate, Changing Cities: A Virtual Field Trip From Phoenix to Shenzhen," which takes students in 3rd through 8th grades to Phoenix, Shenzhen and other cities where they will learn from community members and local experts about how climate change is affecting us now, in our everyday lives.

Help your students understand the challenges cities face with climate change, the solutions experts are promoting to mitigate it, and the hands-on role students can play, as the next generation of environmental stewards. https://bit.ly/3o6aJsX

The Learning Lab partner gives students a view of the changing climate in different cities.

Recently, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly journal published a special issue to explore the challenges and opportuni...
10/15/2020
Special issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly: COVID-19 and green schools | U.S. Green Building Council

Recently, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly journal published a special issue to explore the challenges and opportunities that school leaders and green school champions see within our current pandemic-impacted school systems.

Among many insightful articles that are worth your time, our director, Anisa Heming, recommends you check out these items, specifically: https://bit.ly/3lNeqSo

Green Schools National Network

Read about the impact of COVID-19 on the green school movement.

Learning Lab's newest Ultimate Civics lessons by Earth Island Institute, for grades 6–8, helps teachers use relevant iss...
10/14/2020
K-12 curriculum: Fostering civic activism | U.S. Green Building Council

Learning Lab's newest Ultimate Civics lessons by Earth Island Institute, for grades 6–8, helps teachers use relevant issues to teach the United States democratic system and our rights as citizens to create change. Each lesson features examples of current events to ground student learning and engagement.

Riki Ott, Ph.D., the author of the Ultimate Civics curricula, shares her thoughts on fostering a new generation of activist leaders:
https://bit.ly/3drScST

Learning Lab partner Earth Island Institute shares how its lessons can promote engagement in democracy.

Scholarships available to disadvantaged-serving schools for using the building as a teaching tool! Engage students in ma...
10/14/2020

Scholarships available to disadvantaged-serving schools for using the building as a teaching tool! Engage students in mapping the eco-footprint of their school using real data, technology, and support from a local professional. Learn more https://bit.ly/315f9qb!

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

DYK utility costs are the second-largest school expenditure?Energy Efficiency can lower costs by about 25% while providi...
10/13/2020

DYK utility costs are the second-largest school expenditure?

Energy Efficiency can lower costs by about 25% while providing sustainability & health benefits – more important than ever with #COVID19. #EEDay2020 bit.ly/2DVSxj0

"We — a former governor and administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and a former U.S. education se...
10/11/2020
A teachable moment on sustainability

"We — a former governor and administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and a former U.S. education secretary — believe that America’s public schools are an essential and, as of yet, an underutilized asset in the fight against climate change and the work to build stronger communities." https://bit.ly/2SL8YD8

America’s public schools are essential and, as of yet, an underutilized asset in the fight against climate change and the work to build stronger communities.

On October 13, EPA will hold a webinar to provide educational outreach on disease mitigation in schools, daycare centers...
10/09/2020

On October 13, EPA will hold a webinar to provide educational outreach on disease mitigation in schools, daycare centers, and universities with sanitizers and disinfectants with a special emphasis on COVID-19.

The webinar will provide participants with practical information to help them develop a pathogen mitigation protocol. Best practices for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting will be discussed and attendees will learn how to select disinfectants and understand their labels supported by EPA web-based resources. https://bit.ly/3jN1kns

#OutdoorLearning spaces are a compelling option for schools looking to hold classes in-person. Join us next week for a w...
10/08/2020

#OutdoorLearning spaces are a compelling option for schools looking to hold classes in-person. Join us next week for a webinar, hosted with Green Schoolyards America, to hear examples of successful outdoor classrooms and guidance. Register and learn more: https://bit.ly/30MkPoL

Long before #COVID19, our schools needed infrastructure investments. Now with unprecedented budget shortfalls, energy ef...
10/07/2020

Long before #COVID19, our schools needed infrastructure investments. Now with unprecedented budget shortfalls, energy efficiency offers a path forward to enhance safety while saving $$. #EEDay2020 bit.ly/2DVSxj0

NEW Women in the Workplace survey reveals women across the green building industry are facing historic challenges in the...
10/06/2020

NEW Women in the Workplace survey reveals women across the green building industry are facing historic challenges in the wake of the #COVID19 crisis.

Of nearly 500 women surveyed, 86% are feeling supported by employers, yet 62% of respondents agree the pandemic is negatively impacting workplace equity. https://bit.ly/2GGNdl4

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on all aspects of life, and women have been forced to grapple with unprecedented challenges. In August, USGBC surveyed women in the green building community to learn how the pandemic has impacted their professional careers and home life. The findings show that women in this community haven’t been spared and are facing myriad hardships as a result of the pandemic.

While survey findings suggest a silver lining in work-from-home mandates, including greater flexibility and autonomy for employees to create their own schedules, women who report having children under the age of 18 struggle with mounting pressure to manage their careers alongside childcare and household responsibilities.

Training leaders to be empathetic and ensuring that employees feel seen and heard are a few of the ways that organizations in the green building industry can help support women during these uncertain times.

Download the report to read feedback given by nearly 500 women in the industry.https://bit.ly/2GGNdl4

The new product guide is meant to serve as a resource for all who care about healthy purchasing for asthma prevention at...
10/05/2020

The new product guide is meant to serve as a resource for all who care about healthy purchasing for asthma prevention at the school level: teachers who wish to incorporate asthma-friendly supplies into their classrooms, staff and sustainability professionals looking to submit product specifications that reduce environmental exposures, and community advocates and family members looking to advocate for healthy green purchasing policies with their school board. https://bit.ly/2HFfWHo

Asthma contributes to roughly 13.8 million missed school days each year. Considering the rapid physical, cognitive and e...
10/02/2020

Asthma contributes to roughly 13.8 million missed school days each year. Considering the rapid physical, cognitive and emotional development that children undergo during their elementary and secondary learning years, school and childcare settings are critically important intervention points to address recognized health disparities among the students they serve. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2GnUS81

The Healthy Green Purchasing for Asthma Prevention guidebook focuses on the intersection between purchasing for environm...
10/01/2020

The Healthy Green Purchasing for Asthma Prevention guidebook focuses on the intersection between purchasing for environmental sustainability and meeting the health needs of students, families and school staff. During the current pandemic, when all eyes are on reducing virus transmission, it is important that our schools not lose sight of other significant health concerns, especially when solutions to one may affect the other. https://bit.ly/2HFfWHo

As schools across the country make plans for re-entry, #COVID19 has brought a renewed focus on health. Here is our BRAND...
09/30/2020
The Center for Green Schools Releases Guidance for K-12 Schools to Support Students with Asthma | U.S. Green Building Council

As schools across the country make plans for re-entry, #COVID19 has brought a renewed focus on health.

Here is our BRAND NEW guidance for K-12 schools on product purchasing to support the estimated six million U.S. students under 18 affected by asthma. https://bit.ly/2GiNgn0

Schools are encouraged to adopt green purchasing policies for cleaning, filters, furniture and other products that support health and well-being in the school building

"The biggest challenge was not technological. No one made sure that Shemar logged on to his daily class or completed the...
09/29/2020
The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning

"The biggest challenge was not technological. No one made sure that Shemar logged on to his daily class or completed the assignments that were piling up in his Google Classroom account. His grandmother, who is in her seventies, is a steady presence, but she attended little school while growing up, in a sharecropping family in South Carolina. She was also losing her eyesight. One day, she explained to me the family’s struggles to assist Shemar: though three of his four older siblings lived in the house, too, they had jobs or attended vocational school, and one of them had a baby to care for; Shemar’s mother was often absent; and his great-uncle, who also lived in the house, had dropped out of school in South Carolina around the age of eight, and was illiterate."

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/10/05/the-students-left-behind-by-remote-learning

The desire to protect children may put their long-term well-being at stake.

Join Generation180 next week in celebrating the leaders in school solar energy around the country. Check out the virtual...
09/24/2020

Join Generation180 next week in celebrating the leaders in school solar energy around the country. Check out the virtual open houses and connect with the owners on their important work. We'll see you there! https://bit.ly/3mqbUCz

Do you know about our Building Learners program? It engages students in mapping the sustainability performance of their ...
09/22/2020
Apply for a scholarship to the Building Learners program | U.S. Green Building Council

Do you know about our Building Learners program? It engages students in mapping the sustainability performance of their school building using real data, technology tools and support from a local green building professional. If this type of hands-on, STEM-based program sounds like a good fit with your classroom, apply by Nov. 10 to participate in the 2021 Building Learners cohort! https://bit.ly/2FIDVoK

Apply by Nov. 10 to participate in the 2021 Building Learners cohort.

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020–2021 Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship. The fellowship support...
09/21/2020
2020 Leaders in Sustainable Schools Fellowship recipients announced | U.S. Green Building Council

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020–2021 Leaders in Sustainability Fellowship. The fellowship supports sustainability staff who are working as change agents at school districts across the country. The program will enable these outstanding, early-career K–12 sustainability leaders with access to a peer-to-peer network for sharing of best practices, professional development support, and leadership skill-building. By providing these individuals an opportunity to focus on their professional growth and technical capacity, together we can further our goals of achieving green schools for all students.

The 2020–2021 fellowship cohort represents over one million students. Congratulate these five deserving honorees with us! https://bit.ly/3kA2GCa

These five leaders are poised to transform their school systems.

Join us for our final COVID-series webinar for lessons learned and ideas explored to keep sustainability programming mov...
09/20/2020

Join us for our final COVID-series webinar for lessons learned and ideas explored to keep sustainability programming moving forward this school year. Hear from green school district champions on shifting priorities to take advantage of new opportunities: https://bit.ly/32K8XFe

Philadelphia Free School’s 54 students, who can range in age from 4 to 19, along with four adult staff, govern every asp...
09/17/2020
Two local schools put youth in charge of their education—and it seems to be paying off

Philadelphia Free School’s 54 students, who can range in age from 4 to 19, along with four adult staff, govern every aspect of school culture. Once a week, at school meetings that can last up to several hours, they cover a communally created agenda that explores issues from whether to ban microwave popcorn (too stinky when burned) to how to spend the school’s money and whom to hire.

There’s also a daily meeting of the JC, or judicial committee, in which the community doles out disciplinary measures for students who break the agreed-upon rules.
In all meetings, every single person at the school has one vote that counts equally. (Time limits for agenda items are pre-set by students, so that no single student can filibuster their idea by simply going on and on, and wearing down the group.) https://bit.ly/2HbI4BV

Philly Free School is showing that maybe kids know better than adults what real education and civic engagement looks like.

On September 22nd, National Voter Registration Day, youth are coming together to Reclaim Our Future. We're elevating the...
09/16/2020
Enough

On September 22nd, National Voter Registration Day, youth are coming together to Reclaim Our Future. We're elevating the voices of diverse youth, with stories from the frontlines, movement builders, artists and special guests. With the Climate Crisis looming, Gen Z’s future is at stake. Be inspired by youth changemakers as you learn about the power of the youth vote and how you can build and support youth power this November and beyond. RSVP NOW: Enough2020.org/livestream

In 2020 our votes and our voices will be enough to elect climate leadership.

Our friends at Generation180 are hosting a virtual solar open house next month to showcase leadership in clean energy sc...
09/15/2020
National Solar Tour 2020 - Generation180

Our friends at Generation180 are hosting a virtual solar open house next month to showcase leadership in clean energy schools around the country. Register to host a virtual solar open house and be entered to win a solar educational kit!
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3mqbUCz

The National Solar Tour celebrates the vital role schools play in creating a brighter future for everyone. Whether you’re a school with an onsite solar installation or simply curious about learning more, we invite you to join us for this year’s National Solar Tour—the largest grassroots renewa...

Although cost savings may not be the main motivating factor for building green schools, it can certainly help make the c...
09/15/2020

Although cost savings may not be the main motivating factor for building green schools, it can certainly help make the case for doing so. https://bit.ly/32tdsnq

“As we look ahead, we believe the key to rebuilding a healthy economy is ensuring we have healthy people in healthy plac...
09/14/2020
Healthy Recovery Starts With Schools: USGBC

“As we look ahead, we believe the key to rebuilding a healthy economy is ensuring we have healthy people in healthy places, and buildings are a vehicle for achieving that goal,”
USGBC's Taryn Holowka via Commercial Property Executive.
https://www.cpexecutive.com/post/healthy-recovery-starts-with-schools-usgbc/

The sustainable development organization's Healthy Economy Forum Report offers insights into creating a successful built environment as the nation faces re-entry.

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