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Thu, 2017-08-17 13:30
LEED®, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized symbol of excellence in green building. These are the 14th and ...
Thu, 2017-08-17 13:22
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized symbol of excellence in green building. These are the 14th and 15th ...
Thu, 2017-08-17 11:07
The highest St. Louis ever recorded with LEED-certified buildings was in ... In addition to hard-to-meet LEED requirements, other reasons the green goal ... to demonstrate to the owner the value they are going to receive,” Taylor said.
Tue, 2017-08-15 05:07
Infographic: How LEED has changed face of U.S. construction ... world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, ... LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of ... First Net Zero Energy Apartments Go Live in Los Angeles ...
Mon, 2017-08-14 20:52
In August, WRI received the US Green Building Council's LEED Silver .... Many other jurisdictions are going beyond certifications, with mandatory ...

Going Green

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:52
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(Washington, D.C)—August 17, 2017—USGBC and Informa Exhibitions are excited to announce American rock band The Revivalists will perform at the 2017 Greenbuild Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Read the full press release

Marisa Long
Wed, 2017-08-16 21:47
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Early in August, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators hosted their annual meeting in Boston, where state lawmakers discuss the most pressing issues in environmental policy and make commitments for their coming legislative sessions. Each year at the caucus meeting, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC holds a workshop to review the latest in green schools research and policy and make an action plan.

A dozen legislators from around the country joined us in a morning tour of the beautiful Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was recently built with aspirations of net zero energy and seeks to achieve LEED Platinum. Visitors met with the architects from Perkins Eastman, the former mayor of Cambridge and city energy staff to learn about the policy landscape and motivations behind the green school. They also learned more about the school's features—including an extensive learning garden, lesson-friendly mechanical room and an indoor/outdoor gym.

That afternoon, the group was joined by around 30 additional lawmakers for a workshop to review current research and recent legislation on four topics:

  • School infrastructure financing and management: The group discussed recommendations for local, state and federal action from a 60-person working group of national experts on school financing and management, including implications for state-level policymaking to give school districts what they need to operate healthy and efficient buildings.
  • Energy efficiency in existing schools: A soon-to-be-released policy overview from the Center for Green Schools was reviewed. The overview covers state laws in eight states that provide funding mechanisms for energy efficiency projects in existing schools.
  • Benchmarking: The group examined current best practices for benchmarking energy, water and other sustainability metrics on the local and state level, including examples of existing state-level and local policies.
  • Green infrastructure: A preview was given of a forthcoming study that builds on the 2016 Achieving Urban Resilience, as well as policy implications for more sustainable land and infrastructure management. New research on the sustainability and health opportunities of so-called “smart surfaces” was also addressed.

Each year, the Center for Green Schools follows up with state legislators to ensure they have the resources they need to advance their priorities on green schools and green buildings. View our menu of options for state legislators, and pick out what you think is most important to take to your elected officials.

After many years of working with legislators, we have learned that your voice, as a constituent, is the one they value most.

View the menu of options

Anisa Heming
Tue, 2017-08-15 12:45
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Registration is open for Green Apple Day of Service, and now is the time to commit to engaging in a day of action to support sustainability at your local school, your kid’s school or a school you care about.

This year, when you link your registered project on greenapple.org to a donation page on DonorsChoose.org, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC will chip in with matching funds to help meet your project’s goals.

We’ve introduced lots of new things for the Day of Service. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting projects from previous years to give you some inspiration. We have plenty to choose from; over the past five years, we’ve seen thousands of projects in 73 countries, impacting the lives of over 7 million students.

Wondering what counts as a Green Apple Day of Service project? Check out these project ideas, look over our FAQ section for anwwers to commonly asked questions, and explore our resources page for promotional and planning tools.

Sign in to register your project

Anisa Heming
Wed, 2017-08-09 09:09
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As a K–12 teacher, you need lessons developed to help you foster a more sustainable future for your students. Learning Lab is the online platform that can give you those educational tools.

With a catalog of more than 450 lessons in both English and Spanish, educators now have a one-stop shop for high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum that promotes student leadership and global citizenship. And, at a price of $40 for an individual annual subscription, Learning Lab is a great value for schools and educators.

Access free lessons

If you’re interested in getting a better sense of what Learning Lab lessons look like without a subscription, we’ve got you covered. We invite you to dive into the 28 English lessons and 11 Spanish lessons, across all grade levels, that we have made available for free. See for yourself the robust preparation, implementation, assessment and extension guidance our education partners have designed into their lessons on Learning Lab.

To get started previewing a fraction of what’s available, first create an account on usgbc.org. Using the same email address and password, log in to Learning Lab, then navigate to these modules:

English Spanish

Get started on Learning Lab

Jenny Wiedower
Fri, 2017-08-04 12:02
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USGBC's Connect the Dots: Green Schools Challenge program challenges K–12 schools across Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and West Virginia to develop and implement the most creative, effective, no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools and communities.

Any school sustainability initiative can be a Connect the Dots project! Projects can engage the entire school, a grade level or a single classroom. Schools are matched with volunteer mentors who help plan projects and make connections to environmental partners, resources and subject matter experts.

We’re currently seeking volunteer mentors and interested school participants for the 2017–2018 school year.

Participating schools can target projects over the course of the school year that aim to lower school operating maintenance costs, improve indoor air quality and/or conserve natural resources. Schools are encouraged to register their projects as part of USGBC’s annual Green Apple Day of Service campaign to access additional funding and project planning resources. Past projects have included:

  • Implementation of schoolwide recycling and composting
  • Energy audits
  • Installation of outdoor gardens and rainwater collection barrels
  • Environmental awareness assemblies and tours

View ideas for service projects.

The schools that most effectively meet this challenge are rewarded for their achievements at a ceremony around the tie of Earth Day. Participation requires a final project report, due at the end of March. Check out the 2016–2017 project participants and award winners.

Connect the Dots is right for you if

  • You’re a teacher or administrator with an interest in advocating for school sustainability and aren't sure where to start.
  • You’re a school staff member with a great classroom sustainability project in mind that could use some help taking ideas to action.
  • You’re a building/design professional looking to give back to your community and share your knowledge with the next generation.
  • You’re a parent with expertise in green building and want to promote a better learning environment for your local school.

Sign up to be a volunteer mentor by October 13. The deadline to register your school to participate the same date.

Register your school for the Connect the Dots Program

Cindy Zork


Thu, 2017-08-17 02:07
... tub resurfacing to customers in the multifamily, residential and commercial markets. ... Mars Services aims to be its customers' first call for carpet cleaning, ... painting, carpet repair, 24-hour water restoration, tile and grout cleaning, ...
Wed, 2017-08-16 14:30
Handi Commercial Cleaning and Supply has announced that they are now offering commercial carpet cleaning for area customers. The company ...
Wed, 2017-08-16 13:33
Handi Commercial Cleaning and Supply in Golden Valley, Minnesota has ... "We provide carpet and upholstery cleaning as well as wall and ceiling ...
Wed, 2017-08-16 01:56
... multifamily and commercial markets, and look forward to adding value to our ... Mars Services aims to be its customers' first call for carpet cleaning, ...
Tue, 2017-08-15 12:48
A commercial cleaning services provider that serves Minneapolis, MN, has ... green cleaning, janitorial services, and commercial carpet cleaning.

Helathy Classrooms

Wed, 2017-08-16 14:30
Handi Announces Minneapolis Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services ... including medical facilities, health clubs, office buildings, schools, and more. The company provides green cleaning solutions and ensures that all of their staff ...
Fri, 2017-07-21 15:48
SPRING VALLEY — The Hall High School Board members welcomed ... The Green Cleaning Policy was adopted, an environmentally appropriate ...
Tue, 2017-07-18 10:33
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - West Orient student Gracie Casper works her rake as she helps clean up the schools nature trail during a ...
Thu, 2017-06-22 10:11
A new policy that calls for the use of “greencleaning products in the schools has been given the stamp of approval by the Hopewell Valley Regional ...
Thu, 2017-06-01 16:22
The school board introduced the "Green and Healthy Schools Cleaning Policy," which earns points for the school district toward gaining Sustainable ...


Mon, 2017-07-10 08:00

Here are five restroom areas that are often overlooked but prone to presenting problems for any custodian.

Thu, 2017-06-01 08:00

When it comes to upgrading historic facilities like these, the challenge is to accomplish renovations and upgrades without impacting the character and historical legacy of the ball club while also keeping fans comfortable and happy.

Thu, 2017-06-01 08:00

We can expect more building managers to install baby changing systems and more cleaning workers to be called upon to clean and maintain them.


Thu, 2017-07-13 08:00

Since vacuums are used often, they should go through regular inspection to identify parts or accessories that are worn or need cleaning.

Tue, 2017-07-04 23:00

When it comes to hard surface floors, the type of surface will dictate how to properly maintain them.

Sun, 2017-06-11 23:00

Join industry experts for a live, online presentation, June 28, 2017.

Thu, 2017-06-01 08:00

Here are six steps a facility can take to spruce up an aging floor and make it look like new.