HPHS Green Your School Competition 2016-2017
HPHS challenges students to implement sustainability projects at their schools through its Green Your School (GYS) Competition. Using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Operations + Maintenance 2009 (V3) rating system as a guide, students will pick one (1) of the Credits listed for completion and evaluation. Students will work with work with a faculty advisor and industry professionals who support & advise them in an identified school sustainability project. In past competitions, teams saved tens of thousands of dollars for their schools.
High school and technical college teams present their projects and results at the CareerExpo in Atlanta, and the winners receive recognition and prizes! Elementary and Middle school teams can be of any size. These teams will have access to an Industry and LEED AP panel of experts (Industry Advisory Panel) which will include industry energy, water and recycling professionals and LEED APs from architecture and general contracting firms around the state. Form your team now!
NATIONAL GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS
The U.S. Department of Education established the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) award program in 2011 to recognize schools engaging in activities to promote and encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly learning environment.
Green Ribbon Schools are based around 3 pillars:
Health and Performance
Read more on the Green Ribbon Site
In its inaugural year, GRS named three Georgia schools as winners: Springdale Park Elementary (Atlanta Public Schools), Arabia Mountain High School (Dekalb County), and Savannah County Day School (private). Turner Foundation rewarded these winners with a cash prize.
We highly encourage Georgia schools to participate in this program, and are available to assist with the application process. It will be announced on our web site in September.
Application for Georgia Green Ribbon Schools are here.
GREEN CUP CHALLENGE
This national contest, sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance, challenges student to reduce waste and air pollution through its Recycling and Energy Challenges (the program is currently being reassesed.
The Marist School won the 2012 student video challenge! In 2011, The Westminster Schools placed second in the overall competition and Woodward Academy won the video challenge.