Friday, September 30, 2011

The Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition

The Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition offers a chance to win $65,000 to green your school! Founded in 1994, Global Green USA is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more than 15 years, Global Green USA has helped create nearly $20 billion worth of new green schools, affordable housing, and municipal construction that saves energy, improves health, reduces CO2 emissions, creates green jobs, and continues to help foster a sustainable future.

Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, healthy, free of harmful toxins and optimal for learning. Unfortunately, many schools across the country are subjecting children to unhealthy classrooms with poor lighting and inefficient energy usage, which costs most schools more money than they spend on books and computers. Global Green USA is working to change this by helping to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthier, greener school. Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition, as presented by Pureology, gives you the chance to help a school in your area by nominating it for a Green School Makeover. Here’s how it works:

Between March 1st and September 30th 2011, schools entered the contest for a chance to win a green school makeover. In December 2011, Global Green will announce one grand prize winner to receive $65,000 to renovate their school, plus approximately $65,000 of in-kind technical assistance, and four schools will each receive $2,500 towards their green school renovations.

With a green school makeover, the possibilities are endless:

A SCHOOL GARDEN - A 5,000 square foot plot can be transformed into a fruit and vegetable garden, an insect garden, a compost garden, or just a general planter area. Students can explore the solar energy, water, plant and soil cycles on a daily basis to truly experience a living system. By investigating the many aspects of gardening and agriculture in a garden, students benefit from knowledge in scientific methodology, math and measurement skills, and appreciation for the balance of nature.

WATER CONSERVATION - Water saving bathroom fixtures and low sink aerators can help preserve water. Install a Living Machine, a diversity of microorganisms which treats wastewater before returning it to the watershed, which is gentler on the environment and provides a learning resource for students.

GREEN ROOF - Capture water and cool down buildings by planting densely packed plants on classroom roofs.

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY UPGRADES - Reduce asthma and other respiratory triggers by replacing current indoor materials with formaldehyde-free acoustical ceiling tiles made from newsprint, recycled-content carpet with low VOC emissions and adhesives, thermal insulation made from recycled glass, and more.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES – Install new Energy Star HVAC systems, replace all incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency, and more.

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© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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