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2018 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees, including four schools in the state of Missouri:

  • Bellerive Elementary School, Creve Coeur, MO
  • Green Trails Elementary School, Chesterfield, MO
  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood, MO
  • St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO

Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 58 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees!




Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Wins International “Best of Green Schools” Award

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MRH MS Students Best of Green Schools

MRH MS Best of Green Schools Award

Congratulations to Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School – Winner of the “Best of Green Schools” class of 2018 – an award presented by the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network.

Recipients are chosen by a jury of green school leaders and advocates from around the country, and selected based on their demonstration of real change in our schools.

In the words of Jennifer Seydel, head of the Green Schools National Network, “Every movement needs leaders, and this year’s Best of Green Schools honorees reflect the transformative leadership that is needed to move the green schools movement from niche to mainstream.”

MRHMS believes that sustainable schools provide all community members with the greatest opportunities for success. It has integrated sustainability and green practices into its curriculum, including lessons in gardening, aquaponics, urban chickens, beehives, composting and rain gardens.

Maplewood Richmond Heights was also recognized as 2nd Place Winner in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest Middle School Category!  This is the third time that MRH middle school has been acknowledged as a winner during the five years of the Green Schools Quest – clearly demonstrating leadership and creativity in response to the challenge to imagine and implement a new sustainability project for their school.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Education and Green Schools Manager Hope Gribble attended a MRH Middle School Town Hall on Tuesday, May 8th to present students with both awards. At the ceremony, she stated “It’s not only what you learn, but also where you learn that matters! You have contributed to making where you learn an institution that represents the best environmental efforts in schools across the country. You truly are national leaders and innovators in school sustainability!”

Learn more on Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Website.




10th Annual Green Schools Event

47 schools are participating in the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest. At each school, Green Teams are hard at work devising and implementing – with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor – creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their school.

Join us at the 10th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we’ll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest!

Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Additionally, attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.

WHEN
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm – Networking, Poster Displays & School Tours
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Parkway North High School
12860 Fee Fee Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63146 map

Click here to view a PDF detailing parking and entrance. Park and enter on the north side of the building. This entrance does NOT have a traffic light.

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Free event for all attendees

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR GREEN SCHOOLS CHAMPIONS!

Ameren Missouri
St. Louis County Department of Public Health
St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

 

THANKS TO OUR GREEN SCHOOLS SUPPORTERS!

Madison County Planning & Development
Innovative Technology Education Fund

 

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc.
Entegrity Partners
Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

 

This program is supported in part by the

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources




Resourceful Schools Project: We Are One Ocean

By Margaret Lilly, Environmental Representative, St. Louis County Department of Public Healthstl-county-health-blog-post

 

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health Resourceful Schools Project (RSP) is a free resource to schools located in St. Louis County seeking to contribute to a more sustainable world.   Our current favorite program is helping schools make the St. Louis connection to ocean pollution.

The RSP unit “Plastic Pollution” helps students learn about the Mississippi watershed and the journey of plastic washed into our rivers that ends up in the North Atlantic Ocean.  As the plastic breaks into tiny pieces called microplastics, the particles are eaten by zooplankton enter our food chain at the most basic level.

Hands-On Learning

Through a lab experiment, students in 6th -12th grade identify tiny pieces of plastic by their resin number and compare the results with containers they found at home.  Schools combine this lesson with a related service project in their neighborhood by:

  • Being a part of a stream cleanup.
  • Conducting a litter patrol.
  • Constructing a sculpture using the recyclables found and displaying it at school to boost the recycling program.
  • Participating in the MSD stormwater art education project and painting a stormwater inlet near the school. RSP can provide the paint and supplies for schools in St. Louis County.

Using refillable bottles and installing water bottle filling stations may seem like a small way to “Green a School”.  By providing related education on the problem of microplastic pollution, using a refillable water bottle demonstrates that sometimes even the smallest choices we make matter, and that is a big deal!

To learn more about the free recycling and waste reduction programs and support we can provide for your school (including grants for water bottle filling stations!) please contact Margaret Lilly at mlilly@stlouisco.com or visit www.resourcefulschools.org

St Louis County Department of Public Health

 




Check out our 2015 Annual Report!

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We are excited to share our 2015 Annual Report with you! Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter makes progress towards our goal of transforming the built environment. 2015 was no exception, as we continued to provide high quality educational events, celebrated another successful Green Schools Quest, expanded our community offerings, and much more!

2015 Highlights

  • We provide opportunities for people who care about green building to connect and learn! In 2015, over 30 unique educational events, representing 100 hours of continuing education, reached over 1500 individuals.
  • WHERE WE LEARN MATTERS! Over 25% of Americans attend school every day. We are helping to make their spaces greener and healthier for learning and teaching through the Green Schools Quest. 4,000 Green Schools Quest participants in 38 School / Mentor teams impacted over 30,000 individuals with their sustainability projects during the 2014-15 school year!
  • We are ADVANCING green building through community projects like the Plan Builder Workshop held in partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power and Light. 15 multi-faith congregations attended and began creating a sustainable operations plan for their buildings. This work was featured nationally in USGBC+ Magazine! We also worked with Better Family Life on a neighborhood Plan Builder Workshop and provided an intern to the City of Creve Coeur to complete a phase 2 Greenhouse Gas inventory and Climate Action Plan.
  • The 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign saw an increase in participation and we hosted a “Benchmarking Jam” in October to celebrate ENERGY STAR Day.
  • Our Emerging Professionals gave back to the community in 2015 with two Community Service Projects. Volunteers built “Little Free Libraries” and held a book drive for Ford Elementary School, and participated in a home weatherization project with EnergyCare.
  • We love to celebrate green building success and do this with case studies, project profiles, Green Building Experts and especially our annual awards. In 2015, we looked back at 6 years of 40 awardees with the Growing Green Spotlight!
  • 2015 educational programming placed a special emphasis on building materials and specifically how that credit category is changing with LEEDv4. In September, we welcomed building material experts from around the country for a full day continuing education blitz on Braving the New World of Building Material Selection.
  • Throughout the year, our 150 Volunteers contributed 5,000 Hours to strategic planning and development, outreach to community partners, committees and projects like the Green Schools Quest.

Many thanks to the leaders, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2015 a success!

You can view the report as an online magazine below, or download a pdf.




USGBC’s Annual School District Scholarship Applications Open Through August 19

USGBC’s Center for Green Schools has opened the call for applicants for the 2016-2017 School District Scholarship.

The annual School District Scholarship provides support to a school district staff member who is currently undertaking sustainability work across the district’s schools. These staff receive targeted education and technical support from the Center and its partners for the entire school year, including

  • Travel, lodging and attendance at the Green Schools Conference and the pre-conference summit for School Sustainability Leaders.
  • Travel, lodging and attendance at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
  • $3,000 grant to assist in implementing a high-impact sustainability project.
  • Ongoing training through personal and small group coaching.
  • Limited complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, and LEED Coach for school projects.

Applications are due August 19th. Click here to learn more and apply!

 




Check out our 2014 Annual Report!

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We believe that everyone deserves to live, work and learn in a green and healthy building. Our volunteers and staff work to advance the quality of life in our region – educating about green building, advocating for healthier environments, and establishing partnerships to improve our built environment. Every year, we make progress towards the goal of transforming the built environment. And 2014 was no exception. We are excited to share our 2014 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from last year:

  • 180 volunteers contributed over 3,500 hours to our mission!
  • Wrapped up the inaugural Green Schools Quest. 24 school / mentor teams had nearly 3,000 staff & student participants and reached over 15,000 students, staff and community members! The second round of the Quest (2014-2015) paired 38 schools with 40 mentors.
  • Launched the 25 x 2o Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.
  • 30 Chapter Volunteers completed our 2nd LEED Community Project, giving over 550 hours to the greening of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park.
  • Awarded 10 complimentary energy audits for congregations in partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2014 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2014 Annual Report as a PDF or as an online magazine.




Announcing the Winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest!

Green Schools Quest Healthy Planet Ad May 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest!

Elementary School Category
1st Place
:    Rohan Woods School
2nd Place: Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
3rd Place:  Westchester Elementary

 Middle School Category
1st Place
:    Holy Redeemer
2nd Place: North Kirkwood Middle School
3rd Place:  Alton Motivational Achievement Center

High School Category
1st Place
:    Edwardsville High School
2nd Place:
Parkway North High School
2nd Place:  Rockwood Summit High School
3rd Place:  The Governor French Academy

The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools in Missouri and southern Illinois to devise and implement, with the help of green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.

Kudos to all 38 participants! Interested in learning more about what each Green Team achieved? A summary of each school’s submission is available on our website here. Several schools submitted digital presentations and videos on Youtube. Click here to view a playlist of those videos.

School and mentor registration for the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest opens May 1st! Visit the Green Schools Quest page for more information.

 




Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

Every year we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. Through these big leaps,, we have grown and green building has grown! We are pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from 2013 that you can read more about in our annual report:

  • Launched the Green Schools Quest
  • Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partner
  • Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks”
  • Launched 2nd LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2013 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2013 Annual Report here.




Green Schools Quest – applications open for schools & mentors!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter excited to launch a brand new program – the Green Schools Quest, which challenges public and private schools within the Chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.

GREEN SCHOOL QUEST SCHEDULE

  • May 1, 2013 – Official launch of the Green Schools Quest
  • August 1, 2013 – Deadline for mentors to apply – see application
  • September 16, 2013 – Deadline for schools to apply – see application
  • October 2012 – March 2014 – Schools & mentors implement projects
  • March 14, 2014 – Conclude the 2013-2014 Quest
  • April 14, 2014 – Winners announced
  • Mid-April-May, 2014 – Awards presented

Learn more on the Green Schools Quest website – or contact the Chapter at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0854 with any questions!