LEED Fellows are best-in-class for green building design, engineering and development
Washington, D.C.—(Oct. 16, 2017)—GBCI has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 23 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community and LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
Award recipients recognized for being at the forefront of green building in China
Shanghai—(October 13, 2017)—USGBC, the creators of the LEED green building program, announced Dalian Wanda Group, Shougang Group Co., Ltd. and Mr. Cai Fangming as the 2017 Greenbuild Leadership Award recipients. The awards will be presented for the first time in China as part of the inaugural Greenbuild China conference and exposition. The awards ceremony will take place at the conference in Shanghai on October 18.
Youth who are educated about sustainability and the environment help move us toward a society that considers the environmental impact of its everyday actions. Additionally, today’s younger generations must be literate in sustainability to compete in the growing green job market. Green Apple Day of Service is a great way to start implementing sustainability education in a school.
See our tips on how to educate for environmental and sustainability literacy as a Green Apple project.
Take a look at how these inspiring 2016 projects in Mexico implemented their ideas:Green building education at Instituto Mater
Bioconstrucción, a green construction company in Mexico, dedicated a day to educating students and staff of Instituto Mater in Nuevo León about sustainability. The company was invited by the school to offer instruction on sustainable practices, such as identifying efficient A/C systems, insulating around windows to maintain the building temperature and using building orientation to maximize natural light and water collection. Using these tips, the school crafted a plan to remodel their buildings to be more sustainable.
Afterward, Bioconstrucción invited the students, ages 4 to 15, and staff to tour the company’s LEED Platinum building to learn what sustainable construction and green practices looked like in action. They provided advice for the school staff to promote and practice sustainability and provided information on the Green Classroom Professional certificate program available through USGBC.
As a result of the Green Apple Day of Service project, Instituto Mater has made a commitment to creating a more sustainable environment for their students, including incorporating sustainability into their educational program. The school also enhanced this commitment by enrolling teachers in Learning Lab, an online platform for teachers to find and use sustainability and STEM-based lessons.Creative competitions with Escuela Promesa
As part of their 2016 Green Apple Day of Service program, Escuela Promesa, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching students about environmental education, challenged 90 schools (and their 61,490 students!) to participate in a “Google and SUMe” competition. SUMe is a partner organization dedicated to green building in Mexico. Two competitions were presented to schools, each based on age group, which challenged students to think about sustainability and the actions they could take to make a positive impact.
In the elementary schools, students created a story that that described the changes they could make in their own homes to make them more sustainable. Middle and high school students made videos explaining their vision of a sustainable city and the practices that their own cities would need to enact to reach that vision. Eight schools were recognized for their level of participation in the competition, and the winners were given certificates, plants for their school and (for the older students) a tour of the LEED Gold Google Mexico office.
These two projects in Mexico reflect how Green Apple projects can prepare students worldwide, through education, to face future environmental challenges.
USGBC has specific LEED credits for schools that can help deliver safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments for all children. As volunteers in 70-plus participate in Green Apple Day of Service events, USGBC’s Center for Green Schools is excited to share a movement of parents, teachers, companies and organizations working to transform schools around the world.
Through the #TheresACreditForThat campaign, we showcase the LEED v4 credits that are most effective, particularly for the places where we learn. Here are a few of our favorite credits to can help make green schools a reality everywhere.Green Vehicles—BD+C, 1 point
The Green Vehicles credit aims to reduce pollution by promoting alternatives to conventionally fueled automobiles and can be applied to schools in the form of alternatively fueled school busses. Making this switch will have positive impacts on both the environment and public health, as diesel exhaust from idling buses releases fine particulates, such as soot, which are particularly harmful to children.
You can bring this credit to your school through various projects.
- Register your school for National Walk and Bike to School Day in October. This action will reduce air pollution from vehicles, create a healthier environment for the school and bring students and families together to build a stronger community.
- Raise awareness of the associated risks of idling cars with the anti-idling Turn it Off campaign. Since elevated levels of toxins have been found during pickup times at schools, this campaign challenges parents and guardians to pledge to turn off their cars if they will be idling for over 10 seconds.
- Start a Flag Program at your school to alert students and staff to how clean or polluted the local air is that day. Every day, your school will raise a flag that responds to the air quality, changing from green to purple flag if the air is unhealthy. This allows staff to adjust outdoor activities depending on the air quality of a given day.
The Daylight credit helps connect building occupants with the outdoors, reinforce circadian rhythms and reduce electricity use by introducing natural light into the space. Increasing daylight in school buildings can have positive effects on the health and behavior of students and staff. It’s also been shown to improve student performance and increase workplace productivity, as well as conserve resources.
Schools can introduce the benefits of daylighting into their communities in a multitude of ways.
- Improve lighting in classrooms by taking simple steps, such as removing children’s artwork from the windows or opening blinds to let sunshine in.
- Connect environmental learning with your curriculum. USGBC’s Learning Lab offers a lesson on “Investigating Lightbulbs,” which allows students to conduct experiments on light bulbs and consider the pros and cons of different light sources. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory also offers STEM programs to engage students and teachers in energy efficiency learning.
- Work with your school administration to host classes outdoors or in areas of the school with better daylighting. The National Education Association offers a great list of tips for taking your class outside.
The Low Emitting Materials credit intends to reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health productivity and the environment. Schools can incorporate this credit into their buildings by ensuring that interior building materials are low-VOC, as prolonged exposure to VOCs has been linked to chronic health issues.
There are various projects that you can adopt to bring the benefits of this credit to your school.
- Perform an indoor air quality (IAQ) walk-through of your school to inform what kind of strategies you should pursue to improve. Check out the U.S. EPA's IAQTools for Schools Action Kit for guidance.
- Implement a Green Cleaning Program by training your facilities staff and custodial team on the importance of green cleaning in reducing environmental hazards and protecting community health. Refer to the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Green Clean Schools Program for a list of steps.
- Incorporate student learning into your indoor air assessment. USGBC’s Learning Lab offers a four lesson module called “Air Eco-Audit,” which guides students in leading their own indoor air audit. This can help the school maintain healthy air quality while engaging students in environmental learning.
These three credits highlight different ways you can incorporate learning about energy efficiency into your school. Adopt these projects and join the movement to make schools across the world healthier and more sustainable for future generations.
Outdoor classrooms allow students to connect with nature and learn about plant cycles and wildlife habitats. Getting outside also grants teachers the opportunity to offer hands-on activities that can only take place in an outdoor setting. Green Apple Day of Service is a perfect time to create an outdoor classroom garden, or to make improvements to one you already have.
See our tips on how to create or tend a school garden for a Green Apple project.
Clover Hill Elementary School in Midlothian, Virginia, knows the importance of an outdoor space for students to connect with nature. However, their outdoor classroom had become overgrown and rarely used. The school decided to restore the space during their Green Apple Day of Service to make it more accessible to students and teachers—and to the wildlife within the space.
Clover Hill gathered students, parents and staff volunteers to replace overgrown weeds with native plants, mulch the area and build a podium and benches. All this work revived the outdoor classroom, creating a welcoming space for students and teachers to gather for lessons. With the hard work done, the students decided to open up the space to the community, to take what they learned about sustainability and habitat restoration and share it with their whole neighborhood.
The new outdoor classroom encourages students and families to spend time connecting with nature. The students’ passion in restoring their outdoor space and their dedication to sharing with the larger community have inspired the parents and project volunteers. A recent NOAA Bay Backpack article also covered the project.
Does your school need an outdoor classroom, or do you already have one that needs a makeover? For more help planning your project, check out the Green Apple Day of Service project checklist.
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