Green Design

USGBC Center for Green Schools
National Clearing House for Educational Facilities

Guides and Checklists

Sustainable Design Guide Book
Charrette System Guidebook
Green Buildings–EPA


Architectural Handbook 2: A Student Guide
Design Share Project Library
Design Competition Curriculum: Middle School

Student Achievement

USGBC Green School Impacts
Green Apple Day of Service

Research Articles

Achievement by Design
Building Minds, Minding Buildings. American Federation of Teachers.
Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning
Review and Assessment of the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools: An Interim Report
Center for Green Schools: Resources

Trainings and Certifications

Charrette System
Green Classroom Professional Certification
The School Sustainability Leaders Summit
USGBC list of certifications:
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, actions, Green Design


Green Strides


Sustainable by Design

Grants and Opportunities

Free First Year of USGBC Membership for K-12 Schools
USGBC School District Scholarship
Host a Green Schools Fellow

Operations and Maintenance

EPA: Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids
Getting to know LEED: Operations and Maintenance
Healthy Schools Campaign

Green Cleaning

Cleaning for Healthy Schools


The Nurse’s Office: Cleaning the Safe and Health Way Guidance for School Nurses

Training and Certifications

Eco-Schools USA, Healthy Schools pathway
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, actions, Healthy Schools
Hand Hygiene Educational Materials from GOJO Industries
Healthy Schools, Health People – It’s a Snap

Certified Products

Green Seal

Project Development/Check Lists

Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

NIOSH: Building Air Quality:
National Heart Lung & Blood Institute: Asthma Friendly Schools
Northeast Clean Air Agency IAQ
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
United States Department of Labor IAQ
NJ Department of Health IAQ
EPA: Creating Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Water Efficiency

Clean Water Action
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities : Water Conservation
Sustainable Infrastructure for Water: Asset Management
Product to Reduce Water Usage: Instant Off

Energy Conservation

The American Institute of Architecture 50 to 50
Timeline: Energy resources through time

Waste Management and Recycling

Waste Management: Think Green
DEP Recycling
TerraCycle – Outsmart Waste
Recycling Guide

Material Use (Chemical and Risk Reduction)

Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (EPA)
Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI)


National Recycling Coalition: The Conversionator
BrainPop Recycling
Trash Timeline

School Grounds

Storm Water Management

Low Impact Development


Ideas for sustainable land design construction and maintenance practices
Pesticides and Fertilizer Free Campaign

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management in Schools

Leadership and Trainings

Green Cleaning

Clean Link–18686
USGBC Center for Green Schools: Green Cleaning Web Training
USGBC Green Classroom Professional Certificate

Finance and Accounting

Global Footprint Network


Footprint Calculator

Student Learning and Achievement

Sustainable Jersey for Schools: Student Learning Actions
Green Schools Program: Curriculum

Community Outreach

Green Communities
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey
NJDEP, How to Become an Environmentally Sustainable Community – A primer
Smart Growth