WorldGBC Establishes New Global Network for Green Schools

Wednesday 20th November 2013

A new global network has been established to build greener, healthier schools and increase the environmental literacy of the next generation of students.

The Global Coalition for Green Schools has been launched as part of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia.

The Coalition, which is powered by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools on behalf of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), will consist of green building councils and other like-minded organisations from around the world, and will work at the grass-roots level to equip communities with the resources and support they need to transform their schools.

The Coalition’s founding co-chairs are the WorldGBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Henley and the GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

“We have solid evidence that the classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25 per cent. Every child deserves the opportunity to attend a healthy, high-performance green school,” Jane Henley says.

“By bringing together the leaders in the global green schools movement, the Global Coalition aims to ensure every child learns in a green school within this generation,” Ms Henley adds.

“Too many of the world’s 1.2 billion students learn in school buildings that are too cold in winter, too hot in summer, badly lit and poorly ventilated.  This affects student health and learning, teacher morale and school operational costs – as well as the environment,” says Romilly Madew.

“Just as investing in quality teaching and quality resources is essential, so too is investing in quality learning environments,” Ms Madew says.

Each of the 28 founding members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools will establish a national network in their own country to connect stakeholders, build partnerships and create a movement to advocate for change. 

“As members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools, we are united in our common pursuit of healthy, safe, resource-efficient schools that educate sustainability natives,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.

“But what inspires us and keeps us humble is seeing how much we have to learn from one another. Our approaches to greening schools may look very different, but what we all desire is to give our children every possible opportunity to succeed,” Ms Gutter adds.

The Global Coalition will share best practice case studies of green education facilities, produce practical guides and support various project initiatives of the participating green building councils.

“Green schools save energy, resources and money – but they are also better places to learn.  The Global Coalition aspires to show the world that where our children learn is as important as what they learn,” Ms Henley concludes. 

Learn more about the Global Coalition for Green Schools: www.centerforgreenschools.org/globalcoalition

Media Contact:

Karen Jamal

Communications

World Green Building Council

About the Coalition for Green Schools

The 28 founding members of the Coalition for Green Schools have a shared vision of green schools for all within this generation. Members of the coalition are committed to sharing best practices, resources and case studies, providing tools and infrastructure and introducing programs, initiatives and campaigns that can be replicated around the world. Current members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools include the Green Building Councils of Australia, Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Israel, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey and the United States, as well as Sustentabilidad para México (SUMe) and Global Communities.

About the World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council connects a global coalition of more than 100 not-for-profit organisations and 27,000 visionary companies with a single mission: to drive the buildings sector towards sustainability and ensure our buildings deliver their full potential. Green Building Councils work locally to define and deploy best practice in the market, help governments shape policy, and build a culture of cross-sector collaboration. Our collective movement scales the local to the global: protecting the natural environment, enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and whole communities, improving energy security and resource efficiency, and creating green growth and jobs.  See: www.worldgbc.org

About the Center for Green Schools at USGBC

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. See: www.centerforgreenschools.org

A new global network has been established to build greener, healthier schools and increase the environmental literacy of the next generation of students.

The Global Coalition for Green Schools has been launched as part of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia.

The Coalition, which is powered by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools on behalf of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), will consist of green building councils and other like-minded organisations from around the world, and will work at the grass-roots level to equip communities with the resources and support they need to transform their schools.

The Coalition’s founding co-chairs are the WorldGBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Henley and the GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

“We have solid evidence that the classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25 per cent. Every child deserves the opportunity to attend a healthy, high-performance green school,” Jane Henley says.

“By bringing together the leaders in the global green schools movement, the Global Coalition aims to ensure every child learns in a green school within this generation,” Ms Henley adds.

“Too many of the world’s 1.2 billion students learn in school buildings that are too cold in winter, too hot in summer, badly lit and poorly ventilated.  This affects student health and learning, teacher morale and school operational costs – as well as the environment,” says Romilly Madew.

“Just as investing in quality teaching and quality resources is essential, so too is investing in quality learning environments,” Ms Madew says.

Each of the 28 founding members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools will establish a national network in their own country to connect stakeholders, build partnerships and create a movement to advocate for change. 

“As members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools, we are united in our common pursuit of healthy, safe, resource-efficient schools that educate sustainability natives,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.

“But what inspires us and keeps us humble is seeing how much we have to learn from one another. Our approaches to greening schools may look very different, but what we all desire is to give our children every possible opportunity to succeed,” Ms Gutter adds.

The Global Coalition will share best practice case studies of green education facilities, produce practical guides and support various project initiatives of the participating green building councils.

“Green schools save energy, resources and money – but they are also better places to learn.  The Global Coalition aspires to show the world that where our children learn is as important as what they learn,” Ms Henley concludes. 

Learn more about the Global Coalition for Green Schools: www.centerforgreenschools.org/globalcoalition

Media Contact:

Karen Jamal

Communications

World Green Building Council

About the Coalition for Green Schools

The 28 founding members of the Coalition for Green Schools have a shared vision of green schools for all within this generation. Members of the coalition are committed to sharing best practices, resources and case studies, providing tools and infrastructure and introducing programs, initiatives and campaigns that can be replicated around the world. Current members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools include the Green Building Councils of Australia, Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Israel, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey and the United States, as well as Sustentabilidad para México (SUMe) and Global Communities.

About the World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council connects a global coalition of more than 100 not-for-profit organisations and 27,000 visionary companies with a single mission: to drive the buildings sector towards sustainability and ensure our buildings deliver their full potential. Green Building Councils work locally to define and deploy best practice in the market, help governments shape policy, and build a culture of cross-sector collaboration. Our collective movement scales the local to the global: protecting the natural environment, enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and whole communities, improving energy security and resource efficiency, and creating green growth and jobs.  See: www.worldgbc.org

About the Center for Green Schools at USGBC

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. See: www.centerforgreenschools.org