USGBC to convene meeting on sustainable, green religious schools

USGBC to convene meeting on sustainable, green religious schools

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The Center for Green Schools, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will host the first-ever Education Ministerial for Sustainability this fall.

The event in October will be a peer-to-peer convening for ministers of education to establish national green schools initiatives around the world based on common criteria, according to the USGBC. The groups will meet at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, to help the green schools movement take what officials consider a giant leap forward. It’ll be the first time education ministers from around the world will come together to discuss sustainability and green schools, the USGBC said.

The three pillars of a green school — minimizing environmental impact, improving occupant health and teaching effective environmental education — have been adopted by organizations in more than 30 countries as their criteria for a green school. In the United States, this framework is the backbone of the transformative ED–Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) Award, according to the USGBC.

Schools of all descriptions — rural, urban, wealthy and disadvantaged, from the United States to Kenya to Hong Kong to Canada — have embraced the three pillars as a means to improve the places where children learn, the USGBC said. Solidifying global measures for green schools through an outcome-based framework will enable investors to monetize consistent metrics of impact at scale, transforming school infrastructure, student health and the direction of global education. 

 


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Educational Buildings, Religious Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council


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