Environmental Protection

USGBC Awards Green Building Education Grants

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the 2009 Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Recognition Awards and Incentive Grants to organizations and institutions spurring existing green building education projects, activities or programs, and developing new green building curricula.

"Through this initiative, USGBC is recognizing those organizations that are taking the lead in the development of innovative green building knowledge and resources," said Rebecca Flora, senior vice president for Education & Research, USGBC. "The extraordinary rise in green building in recent years has accelerated the need for relevant and engaging educational programs, and all of our participating organizations are playing an active role in helping USGBC meet this important need."

Recognition Awards honor existing green building education projects, activities or programs, and includes a $1,000 honorarium. The Incentive Grants provide monetary support of $10,000 each for schools or organizations to develop new green building curricula.

Winning organizations and institutions in the post-high school categories are:

Community and Technical Colleges Category

  • The Building Energy Technologies Occupational Certificate Program, Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Ill.
  • Energy Efficient Residential Construction Education, Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Sustainable Design Initiatives (Arch 2840), College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Colleges and Universities Category

  • The Bridge Studio, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
  • The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology's Build Ecologies Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
  • Community Design Center: Building Recombinant Ecologies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • The Duke Smart Home Program, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, Pa.

    2009 Incentive Grants

    Community and Technical Colleges Category

    • Sustainable Design and Construction Certificate, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Colleges and Universities Category

    • HighPerPod: Zero Energy Classroom, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

    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.

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