The Global Coalition for Green Schools

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

In conjunction with the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the Centre for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council (USGBC), based in Washington, DC in the US, has announced the formation of the Global Coalition for Green Schools (GCGS).

The coalition aims to help schools revise their curricula to fundamentally change the way students learn about the world around them. The GCGS will also assist member schools to address their infrastructure issues and will introduce programmes, initiatives and campaigns that can be replicated around the world.

Founding members of the coalition include Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Emirates, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey and the US.

“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,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Centre for Green Schools, at the launch.

The coalition has pinpointed three values that its member green schools must embody: to minimise environmental impact, optimise human health and performance and foster a generation of environmentally literate students. Member countries have also been tasked with bringing together influential leaders in their country’s green schools movement, including non-profits, corporations, community members, universities and governments.

Category: Spring 2014

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