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The Green Schools Committee works with local school organizations and associations to develop partnerships to further green initiatives within K-12 schools in Massachusetts. These initiatives include green curriculum, educational programming for Superintendents, special events for green school stakeholders and development of website resources.
The committee membership is broad and includes folks who are engaged with green school activities at many levels. Even if you're not an expert, we would love to have your participation. We are especially interested in involving more educators, parents and school administrators.
Green Apple Day of Service
On September 29, 2012, over 1000 projects around the world brought recognition to "where we learn matters". Over 50 projects happened in MA alone and the USGBC MA Chapter hosted two green school tours and a schoolyard cleanup and greenhouse revitalization project at Boston Latin Academy. We are looking forward to making the 2013 Green Apple Day of Service an even bigger success and welcome ideas and partners. Please contact USGBC MA for local details.
Plug Load Usage Green Guide (PLUGG)
The Green Schools Committee has developed a curriculum on plug loads and vampire electronics for middle and high school students. The goal is to engage students in the classroom or afterschool club setting in a hands on way to explore how appliances use energy and learn ways the occupants of the school can make a difference in reducing energy usage. Learn more about this program and contact us today to access free curriculum and kill-a-watt meters.
In 2012, with support from the Green Schools Committee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts signed up to participate in the US Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.
Four MA schools received a 2013 Green Ribbon Award: You can read about them here.
Green Building Tours
In 2014, we will be conducting educational tours of local green schools. A lot of our members and sponsors have been involved with the greening of schools in the state. We aim to support every school district and institution so that every school building will be a green building! If you have a particular school that you like a lot because of its green features, please let us know. Let's organize a tour for more people to learn about it. Email Steve Muzzy at email@example.com - Thank you!