USGBC looks to educate coming generations on energy efficient practices

September 25, 2012

There has been an increased push for energy efficient buildings and technology to be implemented into the U.S. infrastructure, and the organizations that are eyeing progress have begun to see hope in future generations.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched the "Green Apple" initiative – run out of the Center for Green Schools – that is geared toward teaching children the benefits of and obstacles facing the green energy industry.

According to a release from the agency, the initiative is part of a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe. By putting them in this type of environment, and explaining the differences in the types of buildings, the USGBC is hoping that kids will be inspired to learn more about the green industry.

Parents will also be involved in the process, a move that could help to increase the amount of education geared toward children of future generations.

"No one benefits more from high-performing buildings than our children. The recognition of Green Apple as a CGI commitment underscores the importance of providing the next generation with the opportunity to learn in the best educational environment possible," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "Our hope is that the upcoming Green Apple Day of Service will allow us to expand this recognition and create broader awareness among parents, teachers, students and communities all over the world."

Though there is a significant challenge in trying to teach children about such complex issues, the earlier the better, according to one key advocate.

"We know how to create high-performing schools that save hundreds of thousands of dollars
and provide enhanced learning environments for our children. But we can’t do it alone, and through the support of CGI and our partners we are seeing change happen," said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.

The USGBC is not the only organization hoping to educate children about energy efficiency in buildings, as the Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is involved with several programs to involve the younger crowd.

The EEB Hub has several programs designed to involve Philadelphia-area children in classes that teach the students about sustainability and green energy.