Green Schools Challenge


PastedGraphic-1The U.S. Green Building Council – Idaho Chapter (USGBC) challenges your school to form a team to green your school which can result in lower operating costs and will positively impact your students, teachers and community forever. Our goal is to empower students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments.

Key Dates
Sept 30, 2014 Team & Mentor Registration Deadline
April 1, 2015 Project Completion Deadline
April 22, 2015 Winners Announced


Join the 2014 Challenge:

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Schools are encouraged to form a Green Team and enter the Challenge by completing the online application. Green Teams can be classrooms, a grade level, an entire school or a student club. One entry per school.

Projects Green Teams will undertake a low or no cost project to green their school. To assist Green Teams, a USGBC Green Mentor will be assigned to each Green Team to help with ideas, documentation and community resources. Each Green Team will submit their energy or resource savings with either a 5 minute video or digital presentation for judging by an impartial panel by April 1, 2015.

Recognition Cash Awards, and trophies will be presented to the top elementary school, middle/junior and senior high schools. The Green Schools Committee will announce winners on April 22, 2015.

Could your school save money or improve student health and performance by being green?   On average, green schools use 33% less energy and 32% less water than conventionally constructed schools, significantly reducing utility costs.  Green Schools emphasize high indoor air quality by improving air circulation, removing toxic materials and products, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.  Green Schools have clean air, high quality acoustics, temperature control systems, and use daylight strategies to create welcoming learning environments that reduce distractions and encourage student participation.  USGBC Idaho is energized to start a green school movement in our state.

We hope your school will enter the Green Schools Challenge. Questions or comments? Contact Jennifer Ellis, Green Schools Committee Chair at or 208-867-4918.



Jennifer Ellis
Green Schools Chair

Idaho Green Schools Challenge with Jen Ellis and Bekah Spille by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud


 For Schools:  For Mentors:
 Online Entry Form  Online Mentor Agreement
 Scoring Rubric  Mentor Description
 Cover Sheet for Submission
 Photo Release Form
 Photo Release Form in Spanish
 Green Schools Challenge FAQ
2013-2014 Winners
94 Ways to Green Your School
GSC Brochure


Helpful links and other information:

Summaries of Winning Projects from USGBC Arkansas Chapter 2011-2012 (our inspiration)

The Center for Green Schools

Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program

Sustainable Curriculum Links

Green Schools Initiative

How Green is Your School? Take a Quiz.

Green Bronx Machine

Biomimicry Education Network

Idaho Environmental Education Association (IdEEA)