USGBC Launches 'Fifty for 50' Green Schools Program


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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) kicked off its "Fifty for Fifty" initiative working with state lawmakers in all 50 states to promote green school buildings, the USGBC announced earlier this week.

The USGBC's goal is for every state legislature in the nation to have its own caucus or working group of lawmakers advancing green schools for kids, Inspired by the successes of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus, the initiative will build on widespread participation in USGBC's LEED for schools program, which has over 1,000 green schools registered across the U.S., according to the Council.

As the school year begins, nearly 1,000 school buildings—from Tacoma, Wash., to Tallahassee, Fla.—will have met or are seeking LEED green school certification, with applications growing at a rate of more than one per day. The total number of square feet of LEED certified and registered school space will exceed 100 million square feet as the school year gets underway, according to new figures released by USGBC. Read the complete article here.