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Louisiana Green Schools Challenge
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UPDATES:

  • Check out Anna Bell's Green Schools Challenge Facebook Page 
  • Hynes Charter School rallies 946 Facebook likes; Takes the GSC People's Choice Awards
  • More Opportunities to Win: 2014-15 GSC Poster Design
  • Prizes Announced, Sponsored by Entergy and Other Generous Supporters
  • Winners to be Announced at Press Conference, Ben Franklin High School, April 22nd at 2pm
  • All Submissions and Participants celebrated at "Living Green in New Orleans," New Orleans Botanical Gardens (City Park), April 22nd 5-9 PM

Welcome to the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge!

USGBC Louisiana challenges schools across the state to green their facilities. By getting students involved in sustainable projects, schools can lower operating costs, improve indoor learning spaces, while empowering teachers and youth, and our community forever.

The inaugural Green Schools Challenge is winding down! Prizes sponsored by Entergy have been announced:

  • 1st Place: $1500, Elkay EZH20 Water Fountain, Trophy
  • 2nd Place: $1000 and Trophy
  • 3rd Place: $500 and Trophy

Green Schools Challenge winners will be announced via press conference at Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans, on April 22nd at 2pm.  Following this, project submissions will be featured and winners will be celebrated at the Living Green in New Orleans Celebration, on April 22nd, 5-9 pm. Also featuring a special address by Emily Riordan of the USGBC Center for Green Schools. The night's festivities will also include music, cooking demonstrations, food trucks, children's activities and fire dancing!  Don't miss it!

 

Announcing More Opportunities to Win!

2014 Poster Contest
Could you or someone you know design the 2014-15 Official GSC Poster? Please share this opportunity with talented individuals who may be interested.  Entries must be submitted by April 18th. See Rules and Participation Form for details and more info.  Winner receives an Elkay EZH20 Water Fountain!



What is the Green Schools Challenge?

MISSION: To educate Louisiana about the benefits of green building and environmental stewardship by participation in hands-on, experiential projects.

USGBC Louisiana is calling all schools across our state to join the Green Schools Challenge!

The mission of this program is to educate Louisiana about the benefits of green building and environmental stewardship, by participation in hands-on, green projects. 

 

The Green Schools Challenge provides the following:

  • USGBC is the foremost authority on green building; we can provide mentors from our network of architects, engineers, and contractors to help schools implement successful projects, while students learn about career opportunities in sustainability.  We can help you take your green projects even further!
  • At the end of the school year, green projects showing the most impact will be given cash prizes & trophies by USGBC Louisiana. 
  • Teachers of winning teams will be given the opportunity to earn a Green Classroom Professional Certificate, with fees paid for by USGBC Louisiana.

Registration Form for School  (Join us for the 2014-15 program!)

Green Schools Challenge Information Package


Projects

Schools are encouraged to form a Green Team and sign up for the Challenge by August 30, 2014.  Green Teams may be comprised of a student club, a single classroom, a grade level, or even an e

ntire school, headed by a dedicated teacher (called the "Project Coordinator”). One entry is allowed per school.  See

School Participation Information for more ways the Green Schools Challenge can benefit you.

Each Green Team will select a low- or no-cost green project, to begin no later than October 1 and conclude on March 14, 2014.  Green Teams, with their mentor's assistance, will document their project’s process, including observations of energy/resource savings and/or improved outcomes.

Each Green Team should submit a project submission cover sheet, project and results, with either a 5-minute video or digital presentation by March 28, 2014 for judging by an impartial panel of out of state representatives.

Click here for ideas on how to green your school.


Recognition

Cash Awards and trophies (at Platinum, Gold & Silver Levels) will be presented to the top Elementary, Middle and Secondary School entries. Each winning school will be recognized at Greenbuild 2014. (Greenbuild is the largest Green Building Conference in the world, and will be hosted in New Orleans, October 2014.)

Also, teachers of winning teams will be given the opportunity to earn a Green Classroom Professional Certificate, with fees paid for by USGBC Louisiana.

For questions regarding Louisiana Green Schools Challenge, please contact Challenge Chair Kimberly Tseng or USGBC Chapter Coordinator Jolie Lemoine.


Key Louisiana Green Schools Challenge Dates

June 5 – August 30, 2013 | Schools & Mentors Sign Up To Take The Challenge
Sept 5 2013 | Mentor Training Workshop/Webinar, 12-1pm (details will be sent to registered participants)

September 1-23, 2013 | Mentors Assigned To Schools
September 28, 2013 | Green Apple Day of Service
October 1, 2013 | Projects Begin By This Date
March 14, 2014 | Project Completion
March 28, 2014 | Submissions Due
April 22, 2014 |  Winners announced at Press Conference: 2 pm @ Ben Franklin High School
April 22, 2014 | Participants projects featured: Earth Day Festival, New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 5-9pm
May 2014 | Presentation of Awards, Louisiana Tour


Louisiana Green Schools Challenge Resources

For Schools
For Mentors
School Participation Information
Mentor Participation Information
School Registration
Mentor Registration
Project Submission
Cover Sheet
Mentor Orientation Webinar-
Audio/ Visual
Project IdeasGSC Information Package


The Louisiana Green Schools Challenge is Sponsored by:



 

 

 

 

                    

 

(Please see this website for more info: http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/k-12/how/classroom/Greenclassroom.aspx)

 

More program information can be found on the USGBC Louisiana website:

http://usgbclouisiana.org/?page=Green_Schools_Challe

 

You can also check out Anna Bell’s Green Schools Challenge Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Green-Schools-Challenge/521922401217112



 Supporters of the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge are:

Verges Rome Architects

Guardian Glass Industries, Corp

PPG Industries

Acme Brick

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4/21/2014
USGBC Louisiana Monday Advocacy Calls

4/22/2014
Shreveport Energy Efficiency Division (SEED) Talk with Tracey Graham, Shreveport

4/22/2014
PRESS CONFERENCE: Announcing the Winners of the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge

4/22/2014
Living Green in New Orleans: Earth Day 2014 featuring Emily Riordan, Dana Brown, and Joann Burke

4/28/2014
USGBC Louisiana Advocacy Meeting

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