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USGBC Idaho Challenges Schools to Go Green

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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USGBC Idaho Challenges Schools

Cash prizes and trophies awarded to winners of the 2015 Idaho Green Schools Challenge

The buildings in which we educate our children have a lasting impact on our youth’s scholastic performance, career potential, health and environmental ethic. School districts across Idaho can also save tax payer money through measures on energy efficiency, water efficiency, and by reducing waste.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Idaho chapter is using the Idaho Gives platform on May 7th to make #GreenFutures a reality for Idaho school children by creating healthy, productive, and efficient school environments through the Idaho Green Schools Challenge.

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USGBC Idaho recently announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Idaho Green Schools Challenge to a crowd of hundreds assembled in celebration of environmental awareness at Idaho Green Fest in downtown Boise.

GSChallengeUSGBC Idaho and Wells Fargo launched the first ever Idaho Green Schools Challenge in September 2012 with the goal of empowering students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments.

For the last three years, the competition designed for Idaho K-12 public or private schools encourages classrooms, clubs, and student groups to form a team to green their school. The goal of projects developed is to save energy and other resources, lower operating costs, and positively impact their school community.  One entry is allowed per school. Green Teams are encouraged to create a low-cost or no-cost project to begin in September and conclude by April 1 with the support of a sustainability professional mentor provided by USGBC Idaho. Cash awards and trophies are presented to the top elementary, middle/junior and senior high schools.

“When you realize high-performance ‘green’ school buildings typically use 33% less energy and 32% less water than conventionally constructed schools, it’s a wake-up call for those with tight operational budgets,” says Jennifer Ellis, the USGBC Idaho Green Schools Advocate. “Often substantial operational and cost improvements start with a small change, such as a ‘computer shutdown at night campaign’ or a change to more efficient light bulbs. It really is a joy to see the kids learning, making their school better and having fun at the same time.”

South Awards

The 2015 Idaho Green Schools Challenge winners are Longfellow Elementary and South Junior High School both located in Boise and Sandpoint High School. Longfellow Elementary reduced their lunch waste by 88% by replacing Styrofoam lunch trays and conducting a communication campaign to the whole school through an event called No Waste Wednesday.  South Junior High made ornaments from recycled materials for a winning Christmas tree at the Festival of Trees, enforced power shutdown days that saved $3,400 in energy costs, and saved additional funds by sorting and recycling their cafeteria waste and composting their food waste. Sandpoint High School planted a mixture of hardy, large-canopy deciduous trees in the once barren medians of their parking lot.   The direct impact of these trees will include shading, carbon sequestration, improved wildlife habitat while increasing the beauty of their school and the ‘happiness factor’ of its students.

IMG_0232“Supporting the Idaho Green Schools Challenge is very much in line with Wells Fargo’s commitment to education and the environment,” said Don Melendez, Idaho Regional president.  “We believe this is a thoughtful investment of our resources in the future of our communities where our team members and customers live and work. We’re proud to encourage environmental stewardship in our schools.”

“Supporting the Idaho Green Schools Challenge is very much in line with Wells Fargo’s commitment to education and the environment,” said Don Melendez, Idaho Regional president.  “We believe this is a thoughtful investment of our resources in the future of our communities where our team members and customers live and work. We’re proud to encourage environmental stewardship in our schools.”

The Idaho Green Schools Challenge is a program to help create high performance buildings, healthy learning environments, and inspire students to embrace environmental systems thinking. For more information visit  http://www.usgbcidaho.org/green-schools-challenge/

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jennifer Ellis, please contact Jennifer at greenschools@usgbcidaho.org or 208-867-4918.

The U.S. Green Building Council Idaho Chapter works to accelerate the implementation of sustainable building concepts, technologies and practices through education and advocacy. USGBC Idaho envisions a healthy future through the promotion and application of sustainable strategies to the built environment that will help strengthen Idaho’s economy and communities. For more information about the USGBC Idaho Chapter please contact Executive Director Charlie Woodruff at 208-871-4601 or email him at charlie@usgbcidaho.org.

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LEED in Motion – People And Progress

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

USGBC recently released LEED in Motion – People and Progress, the first report in an inaugural LEED in Motion series. People And Progress quantifies recent growth in LEED certification and accreditation for buildings and people and provides infographics that capture the current state of professional LEED usage.

Highlights of the report indicate that as much as 55% of all commercial and institutional construction in the US may be green by 2016, up from 44% in 2012, and that more than 4.3 million people currently live and work in LEED certified buildings. Additionally, more than 6.2 million people experience a LEED certified project every day. These numbers exemplify the strength and momentum of the green building movement across the country.

Much of the aforementioned growth is attributable to USGBC’s 13,000 member organizations, ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to small neighborhood businesses, representing 13 million employees and $1.8 trillion in combined revenue.

People and Progress is the first of three reports in the LEED in Motion series; Places and Policies and Impacts and Innovation are scheduled to be released later in the year.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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2013 Energy and Green Building Conference

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

The annual Idaho Energy and Green Building Conference has now been hosted as a track of the general Association of Idaho Cities annual conference for two years. There are a lot of great energy and green building sessions this year including an all day workshop on Thursday, June 20th called Houses that Work which is good for USGBC/GBCI continuing education LEED credit hours. One day registrations are available in addition to the full conference registration.Energy and Green Building Conference Agenda 2013

 

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