USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Program Reaches 35 Schools and 150 Individuals

USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Program Reaches 35 Schools and 150 Individuals

The U.S. Green Building Council Hawaii Chapter Green Schools Committee led a greening schools project as part of the 2012-13 Green School Innovation Grant.


The goal of the project was to bring together organizations and networks in Hawaii to help teachers and schools make their classrooms healthier, more energy and resource efficient, implement LEED on their campuses, and share the toolkit, classroom training and on-site mentoring model throughout Hawaii and the USGBC Green Schools network.


The USGBC Green Schools Professional Certificate (GCPC) Program offers educators a valuable introduction to energy and resource efficiency in the classroom. Workshops strengthened ideas presented in the GCPC program by providing hands-on training, a Green Schools Evaluation Kit to quantify the energy measurements, on-site mentoring to help teachers guide students in assessing their campus facilities, and a forum for sharing the results throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  The toolkit, teaching methods, mentoring techniques, reporting forms, and survey results were carefully documented on-line to facilitate national replication through the Center for Green Schools.


The USGBC Hawaii Chapter hosted a Green Classroom Professional Certification curriculum on November 4, 2012. Workshop participants received a Hawaii Green Schools Toolkit along with other resources to effectively guide students in assessing energy, water, recycling and other environmental aspects of their school facilities. Participants presented the results of their facilities assessments and curriculum integration efforts in Spring 2013 at a Hawaii Green Schools Forum.  There, awards were presented to schoolteacher champions, students, and mentors.


To extend the reach of local efforts, USGBC Hawaii leveraged existing partnerships non-profit, private and public, including Kokua Hawaii Foundation, who provided outreach for the program to over 1,000 educators as well as provided resources for recycling and gardening at schools. Other partners include Student Energy Ambassador Development (SEAD); State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; State of Hawaii Department of Education: Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN); the Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Hawaii Energy and the Waikiki Elementary School.



  • Number of schools impacted/reached via this project: 35
  • Number of individuals involved/reached via this project:  150
  • 10 schools/ via teachers/students and or/mentors presented the process and outcome of their work with the GCPC toolkit and report card.
  • 10 schools and mentors were recognized for their efforts at the spring de-briefing session. A total of 45 attended session with 12 schools.
  • Certificates and recognition were presented for 10 schools/teachers/students/mentors that completed at least two areas of assessment.
  • At least 6 attendees have completed and passed GCPC course (45 GCPC registered for the course).
  • Six schools (Kahala, Waikiki, Iolani, Hongwanji Mission Academy, Mid-Pacific and Academy of the Pacific) have trained students in the use of the Green Schools Evaluation Toolkit. Two schools (McKinley and Roosevelt) were trained at the GCPC event.
  • Advocated for campus-wide implementation of student findings at Waikiki Elementary, Mid-Pacific Institute and Hongwanji Mission Academy and Soto Academy.


As a result of the project and funding, the USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Committee now has a GCPC Toolkit Lending Library and online Resources for those interested in assessing their classrooms in Hawaii. The USGBC Hawaii Chapter is eager to share their findings with other USGBC chapters.





For more information and resources:

USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Committee Webpage |


USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Committee Green Classroom Professional Toolkit Resources |


Center for Green Schools Green Classroom Certificate Program |