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  • 24 Feb 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Three K-12 School Districts Recognized for Energy Efficiency Efforts

    The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Arizona Chapter recognized three school districts at the 4thAnnual Heavy Medals Banquet held on February 24, 2016 for their role in enhancing sustainability in the state. Cartwright School District (Phoenix), Marana Unified School District (Marana) and Washington Elementary School District (Glendale) received ENERGY STAR K-12 District Awards in recognition of their outstanding efforts to benchmark, track and reduce energy use across their districts.  High performance, energy efficient schools cost less to operate, freeing dollars for use in the classroom, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, positively impacting not only students and staff but entire communities. ENERGY STAR is a national performance benchmark for building energy efficiency that helps owners compare energy usage in their buildings to similar buildings nationwide. Buildings receive a rating of 1 to 100, with 50 indicating average energy performance, while a rating of 75 or better indicates a high performance building, which may qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.  In 2015 92 Arizona schools in 8 districts were awarded ENERGY STAR Labels, a testament to the engagement and energy-saving efforts of their staff, teachers and students.  For more information visit or go to to see the full list.  To learn more about USGBC visit

  • 17 Sep 2015 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Green Apple Day of Service 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. Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.

    Planting a heritage fruit orchard, implementing a recycling program, building a community garden and educating students about sustainability and conservation are just a few of the things that Arizonans can do to make local schools greener. These local volunteer school projects are part of the fourth international Green Apple Day of Service to be held on Sept. 26.

    The Green Apple Day of Service 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. To date, almost twenty schools in Arizona have registered projects at

    U.S. Green Building Council - Arizona awarded $4000 in grants to 8 public, charter and private schools for their 2015 Green Apple Day of Service projects in the belief that “Where we learn matters.”  Funding was provided by the Arizona Chapter and Sonoran Branch of USGBC with support from Perkins Coie, LLP. 

    The award-winning schools and their projects are: 

    Bioscience High School (Phoenix):  improvements to our backyard community garden
    Borton Magnet School (Tucson):  join us for a morning of school beautification projects
    Changemaker High School (Tucson): preparing the site for a Heritage Fruit Orchard
    City High School (Tucson): “Pitch In, Green Up” campus sustainability and conservation campaign 
    Corona Del Sol High School (Tempe): working on Our Greenhouse and The Herb Garden Classroom
    Coyote Ridge Elementary (Glendale): a day of learning about and practicing sustainability
    Crossroads Preschool & Kindergarten (Phoenix): starting a community recycling program
    William C. Jack Elementary (Glendale): creating a community garden 

    There's still time to put your school on the map! - events are happening throughout the Fall semester. You can Find an Event in your area and sign up to volunteer, or get project ideas and register your own project at

  • 04 Aug 2015 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    Download the flyer/Green Apple Grant application here - deadline is September 5, 2015.   Application is open to all Arizona K-12 schools - - public, private and charter. 

    For information and ideas or to register your Green Apple Day of Service project go to

    You can also Find an Event in your area and sign up to volunteer!

    Check out 2014 events and photos at the Green Schools Committee page!

  • 16 Jul 2015 6:48 AM | Anonymous
    Thomas Cochran first became involved with Sustainability in design, operations, and construction when he joined Energy Inspectors Corporation, the largest home energy rating company in the nation.  He began his career with the Energy Inspectors Corporation in the year 2009 as an energy efficiency consultant. He is now the Vice President of the Arizona Division and has excelled in detail-oriented projects involving Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, Green Building, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Energy Conservation related to homes, multifamily and commercial projects.  He served as the Chair of Residential Green Building Committee from January 2013 through July 2015 and has had a focused effort on improving the valuation of green and energy efficient features by appraisers along with other accomplishments. The committee’s purpose has been to support professionals in the Arizona housing industry to design, build, renovate, and sell environmentally sustainable homes.

    In 2015 he was elected to the board of directors for the USGBC Arizona Chapter for the 2015-2017 term.  Thomas has also been working extensively to help drive membership to the USGBC-AZ chapter and to help them thrive in the rapidly evolving construction sector.

    He holds certifications for HERS Rater (RESNET), LEED for Green Homes Rater (USGBC) and Sustainable Building Advisor (Sustainable Building Advisor Institute). He works with great vigor and enthusiasm in both his professional and volunteer life. He is a great leader and we look up to volunteers like him.

  • 06 Jul 2015 12:53 PM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    Fully Online at The University of Arizona this Fall:

    Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments

    The University of Arizona is pleased to offer an extraordinary degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new green economy. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments is a solutions-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that educates students in the comprehensive understanding of environmental design, planning, and management challenges.

    Graduates are prepared for challenges to be met in a rapidly developing world with global issues of an unprecedented nature. Students in the Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area gain insight on the theories and techniques behind analyzing building efficiency. They will study topics such as: net-zero energy design, energy conservation, passive solar and natural ventilation, and climate response. Graduates will be able to analyze existing and planned structures for energy efficiency and create plans to make them more efficient.

    Apply online now for Fall 2015 at!

    Shaun Cahill, MBA, MAEd.

    Student Academic Support Specialist, Sustainable Built Environments Degree

    College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

    The University of Arizona

    1040 N Olive Road #120

    Tucson, AZ 85721-0075

    Phone: 520.621.0334 




  • 01 Jul 2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous


    USGBC Arizona Chapter 2015

    State Conference

    USGBC AZ is looking for presenters/speakers for their 4th Annual Conference scheduled for October 15, 2015.  All interested parties should contact Chad Billings ( with their topic and/or area of expertise as it relates to sustainability in the built environment.  The committee will review all submissions and make selections based on content and time availability. There will be up to 6 GBCI CE credits for the day.

  • 12 May 2015 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council invites you to join the pilot of an online one-stop-shop for world-class education for sustainability. We are currently accepting applications from K-12 educators and administrators around the world for a one-year pilot launching in August 2015. 

    The platform makes it easy for teachers to seek and find high-quality, standards-aligned materials to teach sustainability as its own topic and as a contextual supplement to core subjects. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

    When the August 2015 pilot begins, the platform will debut a suite of action-oriented standards-aligned and STEM-enriched K-12 curriculum like Sustainable Intelligence. Based on the award-winning curricula and programming of EcoRise Youth Innovations from Austin, Texas, and created in collaboration with Instituto Thomas Jefferson in Mexico, Sustainable Intelligence includes cross-disciplinary connections, extensions and a complete Spanish-English translation with cultural adaptations.

    The deadline to register for the pilot is June 30, 2015. Click here to register or learn more, or download the one page flyer

    Email questions to

  • 12 May 2015 12:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Sustainability Café in Tucson is typically held on the third Thursday of the month. However, the Café will not be held in May because the Sonoran Branch is collaborating with Sustainable Tucson on a program that features two events in June. “Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment: Panel Presentation” will be held on June 8. The second event in the “Architecture and Sustainability in Tucson’s Built Environment” program will feature a tour of a LEED-certified building on June 18 (the third Thursday in June).

  • 30 Apr 2015 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    Here's an opportunity to let your voice be heard regarding our public schools, including curriculum, standards, facilities, energy and water conservation and the need for healthy and high performing schools. 

    From the 4/16/15 press release:

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said today she will launch a statewide public tour next week to hear directly from Arizona residents about their opinions and concerns on all K-12 education issues.

    The annual process includes 1) a statewide series of meetings to listen to the public; 2) recommendations from Department of Education staff based on comments grouped into categories such as standards, curriculum, instruction, general, etc.; and 3) a statewide visit to the same sites to follow up with the public on recommended actions.

    The annual input from the public is likely to address many different topics, only one of which will be statewide standards. 

    The “We Are Listening” tour will make a total of 14 stops around the state through the end of June. Members of the public also can submit their feedback via email at, online at, or via the @azedschools Twitter account using #HearingEveryVoice.

    Upcoming 2015 “We Are Listening” Tour Stops -  click here to see the complete list with times and locations:

    Glendale - Saturday, May 2

    Scottsdale - Thursday, May 7

    Chandler - Saturday, May 9

    Tucson - Thursday, May 28

    Sierra Vista - Saturday, May 30

    Globe - Thursday, June 4

    Casa Grande - Saturday, June 6

    Prescott - Thursday, June 11

    Flagstaff - Saturday, June 13

    Window Rock - Thursday, June 18

    Springerville - Saturday, June 20

  • 31 Mar 2015 11:06 AM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    USGBC has just released the annual list of Top 10 States for LEED! View the press releaseAll of the states that make up our Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority.

    The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014.

    Take a second to congratulate yourself, your colleagues, your legislators, and your friends on a job well done! Want to share the good news? Use the hashtag #Top10LEED on Twitter and Facebook.

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