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Students Gain Practical Lessons Through USGBC’s Research to Practice Program

There are three words that strike fear in college students everywhere: “the real world.” People look back fondly on their college years, remembering late nights partying or doing things they would never dream of doing now. Others look back and remember late nights of studying and rigorous coursework. For many, it’s a mix of the two. Whatever your memories of college, for most students the specter of the real world looms in the distance, a far off place that you enter the day after graduation.

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Making Benchmarking Mainstream

In January, USGBC launched its second advocacy campaign of 2012, Mainstream Benchmarking. Through this campaign we will advocate for policies that will bring the benefits of energy benchmarking to all commercial buildings.

So why benchmarking? Why now?

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The Coolest (and Coldest!) Teachers in the World

Later this month, two lucky teachers will have the opportunity of a lifetime. The selected teachers, Kim Williams of Sacramento and Cate Arnold of Boston, will serve as representatives of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, joining explorer Robert Swan, O.B.E. and 2041 on their next Antarctic Expedition, beginning Feb. 27.

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Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program

There are many things that are important when it comes to educating students – the curriculum, student engagement and motivation and teacher effectiveness all play important roles in our nation’s classrooms. However, what is oftentimes lost in these conversations is the significant effects that the physical learning space has on student health and performance. We understand the huge impact a classroom can have on our students.

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Director’s Corner: Bringing Green Schools to the Mainstream

At the end of last year, I shared with you that I thought the green schools movement had reached a tipping point. Even in these first weeks of 2012, the many players in this movement are redefining this conversation and our strategy for putting every student in a green school within this generation.

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Chapter Spotlight: Minnesota Green Schools Coalition Unites the State to Achieve Green Schools

How can we facilitate major change in the way Minnesotans think about green schools? This was the question under discussion at USGBC Minnesota’s Green Schools Committee meeting a year ago. The committee had been struggling with how to get the message about the benefits of healthy, cost effective, high performance schools to the large and varied group of people who affect the school environment.

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Campuses in the Sustainability Spotlight

Over the last three and a half years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching colleges and universities across the country prove their ability to lead and innovate as sustainability doers. Green buildings are a starting point for institutional leadership, but by no means the end. From students and faculty, to staff and senior administrators, to boards and alumni, I’ve observed a groundswell of environmental stewardship, pedagogy and practice indicating that the changes these champions are putting into place are here to stay.

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Green Schools National Conference: A National Movement has Arrived

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the Green Schools National Conference (GSNC), a gathering of K-12 school administrators, teachers, students and parents this month, focused on the greening of the nation’s schools.

The GSNC, set for Feb. 27-29 in Denver and sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), will provide Secretary Duncan with the opportunity to spotlight U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program.

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Green Schools Community Gearing Up for History-Making Day of Service

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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UN Panel Names Cities as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development

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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