Green Schools Quest


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is challenging 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 – because where we learn matters!

PARTICIPATE IN THE 2014-15 GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST!


2014-15 TIMELINE
May 1, 2014 – School & mentor applications open
August 15, 2014
– Deadline for mentors to apply
September 15, 2014
Deadline for schools to apply
October 2014 – March 14, 2015 -
Participating schools work with their Green Mentors to pursue a sustainability project
March 15, 2015Conclude the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest
April 15, 2015
Winners announced
Mid-April-May, 2015
Awards presented
PROJECTS
Each school will form a Green Team which may be a single classroom, a grade level, an entire school or a student club.  Each Green Team will select a low or no cost ($250 or less) project to begin October 2014 and conclude on March 15, 2015. Participating schools will have the opportunity and flexibility to  engage in projects fitting their schools’ unique needs and resources.


IMPACT
While the immediate impact of these projects may result in energy/water savings, cleaner air, or healthier learning environments; USGBC-Missouri Gateway hopes that the Green Schools Quest will strengthen relationships between schools and the community.  We also hope to create a lasting awareness of the importance of green schools, and catalyze a movement that fosters an attitude among youth and future generations to appreciate and model sustainable practices.
It is a goal of this overall project for each school project to achieve multiple of the following impacts:

With the help of their mentor, each Green Team will document their impact, such as energy or resource savings, during the project and submit their project’s process and impact for judging by an impartial panel by March 15, 2015.

• Reduce carbon footprint
• Lower school operating & maintenance costs
• Conserve our natural resources
• Improve the learning & teaching environment
• Encourage students to think creatively about sustainability
• Promote environmental stewardship in our communities
• Increase facilities indoor air quality
• Energize sustainable curriculum in the school systems
• Encourage the school to be the community epicenter
• Create a generation of environmentally conscious adults
• Engage the business community and building industry to help students green their schools
RECOGNITION FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Cash Awards ($750 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place) and trophies will be presented to three participants in each category: elementary school, middle/junior high school and high school. The USGBC-MGC Green Schools Committee will present awards to winning teams at their schools or school board meetings between mid-April and mid-May, 2015.



WINNERS OF THE 2013-14 GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST
Elementary School
1st Place: Forsyth School
2nd Place: W.W. Keysor Elementary
3rd Place: Tillman Elementary

Middle School
1st Place: North Kirkwood Middle School
2nd Place: The College School
3rd Place: The Governor French Academy
3rd Place: Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School

High School
1st Place: Parkway Central High School
2nd Place: Saint Louis University High School
Early Childhood
Best in Class: Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center

RESOURCES

101+ Ways to Green Your School
Resources - A listing of organizations and services they offer to assist schools
Green Apple Day of Service – USGBC-MGC’s Green Schools Quest is part of this global initiative spearheaded by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools
This project is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Subgrants, the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Green Building Council as well as USGBC-MGC 2013 Green Schools Sponsors: Brightergy, RideFinders and St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership.

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC- MGC at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.