JAN/SAN Industry News
(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.
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.
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.
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.
- Wonderful World of Plants (elementary grades)
- 9-Minute Nutrition Ninja (elementary grades)
- Earth Waters Our Lives (middle school grades)
- Waste Eco-Audit (high school grades)
- Resiliency Among the Salmon People (high school grades)
- Biomimicry Design Challenge (high school grades)
- El maravilloso mundo de las plantas (Para grados elementales)
- La Tierra nos da de beber (Para los grados de la escuela intermedia)
- Ecoauditoría de residuos (Para los grados de la escuela secundaria)
- Resistencia entre la gente del salmón (Para los grados de la escuela secundaria)
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.
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
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.
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