The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released the Green Classroom Professional Certificate (GCP).
This certificate program provides pre-K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and parents with the knowledge and skills to support environmentally healthy, resource efficient and sustainable schools and classrooms.
"It goes without saying that teachers, principals and of course parents always have our children's best interests at heart.
But in many cases our educators and caretakers don't have the information and education to diagnose environmental and health challenges in the classroom and implement practical solutions," said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.
"The Green Classroom Professional Certificate aims to empower educators and decision makers to dramatically improve the learning environment, increasing comfort, health and performance for students and teachers alike."
Educators with a Green Classroom Professional Certificate are engaged with the green building community; have learned about school energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction and improved indoor air quality; and work to provide the best environment for student success.
With the skills gained from the program, teachers will help foster an attitude among youth and future generations to appreciate and model green practices.