The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council released the Green Classroom Professional Certificate. 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. The GCP has been officially endorsed by the National Education Association.
“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.
“The National Education Association is proud to endorse this
exciting program, which creates an opportunity for educators to learn about
sustainability and implement real change in their classrooms,” said Jerald
Newberry, executive director of NEA Health Information Network. “We recognize
that teachers operate best when working in a healthy, sustainable environment,
and the Green Classroom Professional Certificate equips educators with the
skills to begin making changes in their own classrooms ... changes that foster
student well-being and success, while making it easier for them to teach.”
The GCP program guides participants through 12 modules
covering key topics on classroom health. Modules focus on topics such as indoor
air quality, water efficiency, materials and resources. Once the modules are
completed, the final assessment is made up of animated and narrated scenarios,
along with multiple-choice questions, guiding teachers through possible
examples they may encounter in their classroom.
The online course takes two to three hours to complete, and
certification is valid for five years. The course will be available at a
promotional cost of $75 until April 1, and includes the modules and the
assessment. For more information on the GCP, visitcenterforgreenschools.org/greenclassroom.