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Rachel Gutter’s “Essential Toronto” Interview at Greenbuild

At this year’s Greenbuild Conference & Expo, Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools, had the opportunity to be interviewed by GreenSource Magazine’s “Essential Toronto.” Rachel highlighted all the work that the Center has been doing, and the benefits green schools can provide. You can view her full interview below:

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Colorado Schools Awarded for Green Building Efforts

This year’s Colorado Sustainable Design Awards winners were three schools highlighted for their green building and design efforts. The award recognizes exemplary design in residential, civic and commercial properties, as well as interior design.

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Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses

Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take Western Michigan University for example: Their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.

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Campus Conservation Nationals Deadline Extended

The recent excitement around Campus Conservation Nationals has compelled us to extend the registration deadline for the spring 2012 competition to Nov. 15. Already, over 85 schools have committed, and 908 buildings and 90,800 students will compete! This competition is sure to be unlike any other, so don't forget to sign up if you haven't already.

CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.

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Green Buildings and Healthy Kids

What do health and green building have in common? Perhaps more than you would think. Public health researchers and green building professionals around the country are forging new relationships and working together to better understand the relationship between design and health. Currently, much of the work in this arena is centered on obesity prevention, where frameworks such as Active Design are rapidly connecting research to practice.

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“Green Jobs” Versus “Jobs”? – It’s Not a Competition; They’re One in the Same

On Oct. 26, USGBC participated in a salon on green jobs and economic growth, hosted by Planet Forward. The high-level discussion included U.S. government representatives from several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and more. Private sector interests, local government representatives and non-profit organizations were also present. The overarching themes of the roundtable were:

  • Where are the jobs in the clean energy economy?
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HOK & USGBC Working Together to Build LEED Children's Center in Haiti

USGBC's close collaborators in Project Haiti, global architectural firm HOK, have published a series of blog entries on their efforts to design the first LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their pro-bono design efforts have been met with great enthusiasm, but also unique challenges. Read more about the design process for Project Haiti on HOKlife.com.

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Don't Miss the Center for Green Schools at Greenbuild!

Stop by the Center for Green Schools display at Greenbuild and you just might learn something!

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Rachel Gutter to be featured on VoiceAmerica's "Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life"

On Monday, Oct. 31, Center for Green Schools Director Rachel Gutter will be a guest on Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life on VoiceAmerica Business, the number one Internet radio show. Rachel will be featured as a trailblazing leader with her mission to bring green schools to everyone within this generation.

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Q&A with Congressional Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair Robert J. Dold: Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Energy Reduction Efforts

Last week, Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) visited Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL to recognize the school's LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification and energy-reduction efforts. The 833,000 square foot campus was able to achieve a 7 percent reduction in energy usage and an increase in indoor environmental quality.

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