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Center Spotlight: Jenny Wiedower, K-12 Manager

February 6, 2012

As K-12 Manager, Jenny provides strategic direction and support for the Center’s programs and initiatives that help teachers, school administrators, elected officials and volunteers transform K-12 schools across the country. Her work includes growing partnerships with people and organizations where jointly, the Center can make a stronger and more widespread case for green schools.

Position: K-12 Manager

Current location: Washington, DC

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

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UN Panel Names Cities as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development

February 6, 2012

Last week, the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability released a report of recommended outcomes for the Rio+20 conference in June. The report, Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing, outlines both long- and short-term goals for governments, civil society and the private sector. These recommendations address all facets of resiliency, including climatic, economic and social.

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Army to Congress: LEED Doesn’t Cost More

February 3, 2012
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The Army is still going for Gold and Platinum despite recent legislation calling a halt to LEED spending.

The federal government has been one of the biggest supporters of LEED certification in the last few years, with the General Services Administration (GSA) requiring basic LEED certification for all federal buildings starting in 2003 and then upping that requirement to LEED Gold in 2010.

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The Competition Begins: Appalachian State University vs. Western Carolina University in CCN 2012

February 3, 2012

The Campus Conservation Nationals kicks off next week, and the competition is going to be fierce. Campus Conservation Nationals is a national residence hall electricity and water reduction competition that encourages colleges and universities to save energy and water. For the 2012 competition, rival schools will compete against peer schools to see which campus can have the greatest energy reductions.

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While Pundits Debate Green Jobs, We’re Busy Putting America Back to Work

February 3, 2012

Even though I live in D.C., I often wonder, “What is Congress even fighting over?” It seems like everyone else in the country is asking the same question. This is especially true when our elected officials endlessly debate “jobs.” Aren’t jobs universally supported? Why would anyone be against putting Americans back to work, especially in the industries we know we need to remain competitive? How can everything simultaneously “create millions of jobs” and still be a “job killer?"

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The Coolest Teachers in the Country

January 31, 2012

A growing body of research indicates that students learn better when they learn firsthand through hands-on experiences. At the Center for Green Schools, we think the same is true for everybody else, including the millions of teachers who dedicate their lives to educating our children.

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Leading with LEED

January 31, 2012

Earlier this month, USGBC launched its first of seven 2012 advocacy campaigns initiatives. The aim of the kick-off Leadership with LEED campaign is to grow green building and expand the use of LEED.

Why?

Shouldn't all government buildings, funded with taxpayer money, be built or retrofitted to a higher standard? Aren't buildings that are less costly to operate, longer lasting, and beneficial to the communities in which they're located a priority?

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