D51 selected As 2018 Green Scholarship Recipient

D51 selected As 2018 Green Scholarship Recipient
Posted on 11/13/2018

Grand Junction, CO – School District 51 has been chosen by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of only five districts nationally to receive a School District Scholarship for the coming year. Made possible in part by Chamberlain Architects and BigHorn Engineers from Grand Junction, District 51 will receive ongoing support from the Center over the course of the next year and will benefit from connections and resource sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders. 

Daniel Gartner, President of Chamberlain Architects shared whey they are excited to help support the continuing development of sustainability expertise at Mesa County District 51,  “Our community and the next generation of children are relying on us as designers, and the School District as educators, to envision and create efficient, healthy and inspiring schools. This scholarship is an important step towards that goal.” 

“I am excited to attend the GREENBUILD Conference and Expo in Chicago. This will be a great opportunity to bring back many new ideas to District 51,” said Eric Anderson, District 51 resource conservation manager. 

The five recipients of School District Scholarships represent more than 102,000 students in 170 schools from communities all across the country, including: Carlisle Area School District (PA), Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (NC), Mesa County School District 51 (CO), Missoula County Public Schools (MT), Portland Public Schools (OR). 

Benefits available to each of these districts include participation in the School Sustainability Leaders’ Summit, an annual event that convenes staff responsible for sustainability programs from school districts large and small, providing direct access to resource conservation managers, energy managers, facilities directors and other industry experts. Scholarship recipients are also provided ongoing professional development support and direct access to the nation’s leading green schools experts throughout the year. 

To kick off the scholarship year, all recipients are provided an all-expense-paid trip to the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Chicago November 14-16 for focused learning and networking. In order to broaden the impact of the scholarship in the selected school districts, teachers from each district will be offered an opportunity to take the Green Classroom Professional certificate course and will be granted free access to sustainability curriculum through Learning Lab. Each scholarship winner will also have the opportunity to send two staff, all expenses paid, to the annual Green Schools Conference and Expo in St. Paul, Minnesota, in April 2019.

Green schools can significantly lower district operating costs, putting money back into classrooms. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that improving specific aspects of a student’s classroom environment like daylight, air quality, and noise levels leads to better memory, attention, concentration, task speed and more. The School District Scholarship program allows administrators to evaluate and plan for changes system wide and to elevate the level of the conversation in their communities regarding green school design and operation. 

“Through words and actions, the leadership and staff at District 51 have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and a strong foundation to benefit from all that the school district scholarship program provides,” said Anisa Heming, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.

The scholarship for District 51 is funded through the Center and made possible in part by Chamberlain Architects and BigHorn Engineers from Grand Junction, Colorado. More information about the scholarship program can be viewed at centerforgreenschools.org.




About Mesa County Valley School District 51

School District 51 is the largest employer in Mesa County and the 13th-largest school district in the state of Colorado, with nearly 3,000 staff members serving more than 22,000 students. The district includes the municipalities of Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Loma, Mack, and Gateway. Families have access to 46 schools within the district, including 24 elementary schools, eight middle schools, an 8/9 school, four high schools, three charter schools, two alternative high schools, two K-12 schools, an online hybrid school, and a vocational center.


About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council was founded with a vision to ensure green schools for all students in this generation. The Center believes that everyone, from the kindergartener entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student researching in a lab, should have the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being, and prepare them for 21st century careers. Working with school decision makers, community volunteers, and thought leaders in the public and private sectors, the Center drives progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health, and the built environment. To learn more please visit http://www.centerforgreenschools.org.

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