Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Get ready for the Central Texas Green Schools Challenge!

Are you an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL interested in offering a project-based learning experience for your students? Or a local GREEN BUILDING PROFESSIONAL looking for ways to give back to the community?

In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program, the USGBC Central Texas-Balcones Chapter presents the Green Schools Challenge. With the goal of empowering students to be good stewards of their environments, schools will be invited to form “Green Teams” of 4th and/or 5th graders to create projects aimed at better greening their school environment. These projects can result in lower operating costs and will positively impact students, teachers and the community forever. The Challenge will run throughout the course of the school year, with teams forming during the fall and final projects submitted in spring the following year.

USGBC will assign two volunteer Green Mentors (trained by USGBC-see schedule below) to each Green Team, who will take the students through the Eco-Schools USA Green School curriculum and help the team identify and implement a low- or no-cost project to complete. The school becomes the real live testing ground for content delivered during the education phase of the program, documenting the school’s energy or resource savings during the project. Each Green Team will submit its project in either a 5-minute video or digital presentation for judging by an impartial panel.

The USGBC Green Schools Committee will then present cash awards and trophies to the top elementary schools, with other awards and trophies being presented to schools for high achievement. Participating schools will also submit for Bronze level or higher national recognition within the NWF Eco-Schools USA system.

To learn more about how you can become a “Green Team” mentor, please email our green schools committee.

Mentor Training Schedule:

Monday, July 29, 2013
4:30pm – 6:30pm
GSC Architects 

San Antonio
Monday, August 5, 2013
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Lake|Flato Architects

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