Greening Your School

Green Schools provide a healthier, productive learning and teaching environment that saves energy, resources and is less costly to operate and maintain.

The USGBC MA Chapter has curated a list of green school resources organized by topic and focus (K-12, Higher Education) 

Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS)

K-12, Higher Ed

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Head to our Green Apple Day of Service page for more details and resources.

Plug Load Usage Green Guide (PLUGG)

K-12 (middle school) 

The Green Schools Committee has developed a curriculum on plug loads and vampire electronics for middle and high school students. The goal is to engage students in the classroom or afterschool club setting in a hands on way to explore how appliances use energy and learn ways the occupants of the school can make a difference in reducing energy usage. Learn more about this program and contact us today to access free curriculum and kill-a-watt meters.

Green Ribbon Schools


In 2012, with support from the Green Schools Committee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts signed up to participate in the US Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. Five MA schools have received the Green Ribbon Award: You can read about them here.

Green Building Tours

K-12, Higher Ed

We will be conducting educational tours of local green schools. A lot of our members and sponsors have been involved with the greening of schools in the state.