CEFPI Wins USGBC Curriculum Recognition Award

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Scottsdale, AZ -- CEFPI’s School Building Week School of the Future Student Design Competition curriculum addressing national middle school math standards has won the USGBC’s inaugural Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Recognition Award. CEFPI was one of just six organizations selected from over 200 entries that competed for these coveted nationally recognized awards.


“This is a great milestone for us to be involved with the USGBC and the exemplary work they do in improving the quality of our schools. Our shared goals will transform the way schools are built, operated and maintained for our children in coming years,” said Merle Kirkley, REFP, President, CEFPI.


Recognition awards honor existing green building education projects, activities or programs that advance green building ideals of transforming how buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.


“This award is a testimony to our unparalleled efforts in advancing knowledge and awareness among children about the importance of healthy, high performance schools. We believe children need to be educated about advancing green building ideals so that we can ensure a better quality of life for future generations,” said John Ramsey, Executive Director/CEO of CEFPI.


The recognition awards were judged on demonstrated success, ability to be replicated, scope of influence, advancement of green principles within the educational community and the fostering of a collaborative or interdisciplinary approach. Grant proposals were evaluated on originality, collaborative or interdisciplinary approach, scope of influence, feasibility and the ability to be replicated. 


According to a news release issued by USGBC, Peter Templeton, Senior Vice President, USGBC said:  “USGBC launched this initiative to highlight the central role education plays in furthering the green building movement. The submissions we received showcase the range of institutions and organizations taking an active role in educating young people about green building and the Council is committed to fostering more growth in this arena.”


USGBC will establish a repository of the newly identified curricula and will develop a teaching resource database, which will serve to disseminate these programs nationally and facilitate contact among educators from a wide variety of disciplines.  In addition, an Educator Summit during the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference in Boston on November 21, 2008 will showcase the winning curriculum.



The award-winning curriculum is available at:  http://sbw.cefpifoundation.org/competition.html

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