Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Organizations and Groups in the USGBC's Center for Green Schools

The US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Center for Green Schools is dedicated to increasing the number of green schools. Here are some of their organizations, groups and initiatives.

The Coalition for Green Schools
An alliance of the nation's leading educational and environmental associations, including the American Architectural Foundation, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and many others, the Coalition is in pursuit of a common mission: provide every child in America with a green school. For more information or to apply click here.

The 50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative
This initiative equips state legislators with the knowledge, tools and networks they need to advance effective state policies that promote the benefits of green schools. For more information click here.

Mayors' Alliance for Green Schools
The Alliance unites mayors from major cities and small towns across the country around a common goal: bringing the benefits of green schools to their local communities. For more information click here.

USGBC Chapter Green Schools Committees
Across USGBC's national chapter network, more than 1,000 Green Schools Committee volunteers are leading local and regional campaigns to promote healthy green school buildings. Committees raise community awareness, host green schools events, give presentations, support local schools, engage educators and work with local media to share their stories. For more information click here.

USGBC Students
Representing college and university-based groups of students from all disciplines who come together to green their campuses, communities and careers, USGBC Students has 60 active groups and expects to engage more than 250 student groups nationwide over the next five years. For more information or to get involved click here.

Center for Green Schools Fellows
The Fellows program connects carefully selected and extensively trained green schools experts to serve as full-time sustainability officers to local school districts for three-year terms. Fellows provide dedicated, hands-on project and organizational support for district-wide green schools initiatives. For more information click here.

Congressional Green Schools Caucus
Under bipartisan leadership on Capitol Hill, and with programmatic support from the Center for Green Schools, the Caucus brings together nearly 60 federal legislators to educate and inform Congress on the enormous impact of greening our nation's schools. For more information click here.

Take Action
You can promote green schools in your community or school district by supporting a green schools resolution. Policies endorsing green schools have been enacted in state legislatures, by school boards, and by city councils across the country. Good first steps towards passing a green schools resolution are identifying local partners, making the case, working from a sample resolution and learning best practices from other communities . For more information click here.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved

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