NAACP Joins Global Green USA in “Green Schools Makeover” Competition
Posted on September 19, 2011 by Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director
The NAACP has partnered with Global Green USA in its "Green School Makeover" competition. Global Green, the US affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International organization, will award a $65,000 cash prize to one K-12 school in the US for an innovative green school project. The cash prize is accompanied by approximately $65,000 worth of technical assistance from Global Green USA’s team of green schools/green building experts. An additional four schools will receive $2,500 toward their green school renovations.
The NAACP and Global Green believe that every child deserves a learning environment that is safe, healthy, free of harmful toxins and otherwise optimal for learning. A green school, also known as a high performance school, is a community facility that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green Schools increase average daily attendance, reduce operating costs, improve teacher satisfaction and retention, and reduce overall impact to the environment.
Unfortunately, many schools across the country contain unhealthy classrooms with poor lighting and inefficient energy usage, which costs most schools more money than they spend on books and computers. In many communities of color in the United States and around the world, the effects of such learning environments have a disproportionate impact on its students. The NAACP Climate Justice Initiative was created to educate and mobilize communities to address this human and civil rights issue.
The deadline for schools to enter to receive a ‘Green Makeover’ is September 30th, 2011. To enter, visit www.greenschools.pureology.com. Students of all ages are encouraged to get involved, however the official entrant for the Competition should be a teacher, parent, or administrator and must be someone 18 years or older.
For more information about the Green School Makeover Competition, please call 310-581- 2700 x117 or email greenschoolmakeover (at) globalgreen (dot) org.