JAN/SAN Industry News
Shanghai, China—(June 23, 2017)—GBCI has announced that Johnson Controls’ new headquarters Asia Pacific has achieved both LEED Platinum and EDGE green building certifications. Johnson Controls is among a select group of projects to receive both LEED and EDGE certifications for a single project and is helping to drive market transformation through the adoption of green business practices.
Green Apple Day of Service is a unique moment to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability.
Over the past five years, we’ve seen participation from almost one million volunteers in 73 countries, and our actions have impacted the learning environments of over seven million students. This year, we’ve taken a close look at what’s worked and what hasn’t over our short history, and we’re rolling out some exciting new features for this year:
- The most notable change is that, starting this year, you’ll register your project at the beginning of the school year and name your own date. The projects themselves can happen at any time from August 2017 through May 2018. However, the projects can only receive official support with funding, volunteers and other resources if they sign up on the website during September and October. We encourage schools to think about the right time for a day of action for them, and we’ll communicate with project leaders based on the chosen date.
- We have a new website that's been redesigned to provide with more of what you need to create a successful project. Resources and information are available now at greenapple.org, and project registration will open in September. Sign up on usgbc.org to receive updates leading up to the official registration period (check off "Green Apple Day of Service" on your subscription options).
- The new focus is on incentivizing school staff and teachers to lead action at their schools. They know what’s most needed at their schools, and they’re the ones who will keep sustainability values strong after the day of action is over. We’re making it worthwhile for them to join in: matching funds are available for supplies through our corporate partners on DonorsChoose.org, volunteer assistance is available through our community teams around the country, and fun downloads and planning resources are given to those who sign up. You'll find out more about all of these offerings when you register a project.
Green Apple Day of Service projects create measurable change on one or more of the three pillars of a green school: environmental impact, health and wellness and environmental and sustainability literacy. Each project directly and positively affects the students at a particular school.
Is your school’s Earth Day celebration a Green Apple Day of Service? It can be, if it includes service activities that impact sustainability at the school. Is the annual school service day a Green Apple Day of Service? It might be, if it focuses the service activities on sustainability. The Day of Service is unique because it brings together school service and sustainability on one focused day of action.
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has a vision that every school can be an inspiring, healthy, green place where teachers and students thrive and where every student has the chance to succeed. One way we realize this vision is through our annual School District Scholarship, which provides professional development, targeted education and technical support for staff members who are currently undertaking sustainability work across their district.
The 2017–2018 School District Scholarship application is open through August 4, 2017.Scholarship benefits
- Travel, lodging and attendance for the scholar and one colleague at the 2018 Green Schools Conference
- Travel, lodging and attendance for the scholar at the annual summit for School Sustainability Leaders (hosted in conjunction with the Green Schools Conference)
- Travel, lodging and attendance for the scholar at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
- Ongoing training through personal and small group coaching
- Limited complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, and LEED Coach for school projects
The School District Scholarship is available to school systems of all sizes, but to qualify, school districts must have a current staff person who spends a minimum of 50 percent of their time on sustainability-related efforts. To determine if staff time is currently dedicated to sustainability, follow the definition of green schools described in the “three pillars”: reduced environmental impact, positive impact on student and teacher health and improved environmental literacy.
The application includes a required signed letter from school district leadership that includes 1) support for specific sustainability activities at the school district; 2) support for a named staff person to spend at least 50 percent of their time on sustainability-related initiatives during the scholarship year; and 3) support for the professional development time during which this staff person will be participating with the Center for Green Schools for the scholarship year.
Up to five districts will be selected for the 2017–2018 cohort.Learn more and apply
You can learn more about the School District Scholarship by reading about two of our past scholarship recipients from Albemarle County Public Schools and Detroit Public Schools. If you find this opportunity a good fit for your district, use our one-page overview to talk with your district leadership about the program. Please complete the application by Fri., August 4, 2017.
We look forward to working with the next cohort of scholars to accomplish your sustainability goals, connect you to new resources and opportunities and share your stories with others across the country.
The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) is the only national event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build, and teach in U.S. schools.
Every year, GSCE brings together the growing community of green school champions for two days of learning, connecting and collaborating to support our shared mission of advancing healthy, high-performing green schools where students learn how to sustain and improve the world around them.
Attendees engage in hands-on learning, participate in in-depth discussions and problem solving, and get inspired by speakers at the forefront of connecting sustainability, social justice and education. Two days of programming offers the opportunity for attendees to share ideas and successful strategies; learn about potential partnerships; and discover tools, services and products to help them succeed in creating schools that teach students about global sustainability—all in an environment that’s healthy for them, for their communities and for the Earth.
Green Schools Conference and Expo 2018
When: May 3–4
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver, Denver, Colorado
GSCE is now accepting proposals from industry experts including educators, nonprofits, governmental agencies and corporate entities who are eager to share their knowledge, experience and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments.
Submit to tell your story of students getting engaged in learning at schools that are better for their health and better for the environment. View the Call for Proposals document, Submittal Guide and Program Policies to learn more.
The deadline for submissions is Fri., August 11 at 5 p.m. ET.
GSCE is also accepting applications for peer reviewers to evaluate proposals for educational sessions at the 2018 conference. Peer reviewers help maintain the outstanding reputation of GSCE by identifying exceptional and timely presentations. Engaging, highly qualified reviewers with expertise in the conference’s content areas is essential to the ongoing success of the GSCE education program.
LEED for Communities combines sustainability, social equity and human experience with technology and analytics at the community-wide level
Incheon, South Korea—(June 16, 2017)—Today, USGBC announced that Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD), which is home to nearly 50,000 residents and 50,000 jobs, has earned precertification utilizing LEED for Communities. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities address sustainability, quality of life, education, prosperity, equity, public health and safety. The announcement was made at the 2017 edition of the New Cities Summit in Songdo.
Join industry experts for a live, online presentation, June 28, 2017.
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