Become a Green Schools Fellow!

Here is an opportunity to work with schools in your home to develop sustainability initiatives.  In an effort to effectively and rapidly transform the environments in which our children learn, USGBC has launched the Center for Green Schools Fellowship program, which will begin placing full-time sustainability officers in school districts across the country in July 2011.  Apply to be a Green Schools Fellow!  Deadline: 6pm EST February 28, 2011. A job description is available for reference here.

To be considered for a Fellowship, you must complete and submit:

The Center for Green Schools Fellows Application – Download and submit here Resume (2 page maximum) – Email to jobs@usgbc.org Fellowship Location Form – Available here on February 1, 2011

All three components of the application will be due no later than 6pm EST February 28, 2011. Application materials received after the deadline will not be accepted.

With questions or concerns, please contact Anisa Baldwin Metzger, Fellows Manager.

What is the Green Schools Fellowship Program?

This unique initiative will provide partner school districts with a fully-funded, dedicated expert who will collaborate with district leadership to change the culture of the district from the inside out by providing clear direction, comprehensive training and valuable resources. USGBC saw the profound impact and value of having a dedicated sustainability champion when it launched a pilot program in 2008, providing the Katrina-stricken Recovery School District in New Orleans with a dedicated coordinator who provided the on-the-ground support and expertise needed to rebuild the community’s devastated school infrastructure. As a result, the district has fully embraced environmentally sound practices: 20 LEED®-certified or registered schools are now open or under construction and tremendous improvements have been made to facility operations and maintenance practices.

Through the Center for Green Schools, USGBC is dedicated to replicating this example of district-wide transformation by partnering with school districts, elected and appointed officials and funders to expand the Center for Green Schools Fellowship program. The Fellowship program will ensure school districts have the tools and resources to not only implement improvements to facilities and operations, but to sustain these improvements over the years.

Green Schools Fellows will be hired through a rigorous application and interview process and will receive extensive, ongoing training from the Center for Green Schools and its partners in the green schools movement. Hired for a three-year term, the Fellow will work with the school district to initiate and/or accelerate various initiatives that may have languished for lack of manpower or resources, including: monitoring energy usage and decreasing consumption by educating staff and students, disseminating environmental curriculum resources, establishing indoor air quality policies and practices, revising maintenance and transportation contracts and improving recycling, school garden and composting programs. The sweeping improvements that result from having a single individual organize system-wide sustainability efforts will affect thousands of children, teachers and staff as well as the surrounding community.

Each Fellow will be jointly overseen by the Center for Green Schools and the participating school district. Individual districts will define their own metrics for success, and Fellows will be required to report and document their progress quarterly. The Fellows will regularly communicate with one other to share lessons learned, successes and challenges faced by their respective school districts as they attempt to green schools and educate communities.

Each three-year commitment has the potential to positively and permanently transform the policies, practices and culture across an entire school district. The Center for Green Schools is working to establish sustainability officers in school districts throughout the country. The selection process for 2011-2012 school year will begin in early 2011.

Timeline

  • November 15, 2010 – Call for School District Letters of Interest
  • December 20, 2010 – School District Letters of Interest due to USGBC
  • January 7, 2011 – Application period opens for individuals interested in being hired as Fellows
  • January 28, 2011 – Final School District selection announced
  • February 28, 2011 – All final Fellows application materials due to USGBC
  • Week of April 4, 2011 – Fellowship Finalists interview at USGBC offices in Washington, DC
  • May 2011 – Final Center for Green Schools Fellows announced
  • June 2011 – Fellows convene for initial Training Week
  • July 1, 2011 – Fellows begin work at school districts
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