In 2011, we invited K-12 schools across the country to enter our Green School Makeover Competition, sponsored by Pureology. We asked interested schools to propose a green school project or projects -- for a chance to win $65,000 in funding, along with roughly the same in consulting fees to see the plans through to completion. Hundreds of submissions were reviewed from across the country by our panel of jurors. The winning school was the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. Four runners-up were also selected and received $2,500 for their projects.
THE GREEN SCHOOL MAKEOVER COMPETITION JURY
Bill Orr: Bill is the executive director for CHPS, Collaborative for High Performance Schools, facilitating the design, construction and operation of high performance schools. For the past thirty years, he has worked on behalf of California, implementing green strategies along the way. In 2007, he was inducted into the California Green Schools Hall of Fame for his pioneering work with CHPS. His leadership inspires much-needed changes to our educational system.
Erin Schrode: Erin is the spokeswoman and co-founder of the U.S.-based Turning Green campaign, promoting global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, Erin founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. She hosts events that raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities. She is nationally recognized as a leader among the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
Ramsey Green: Ramsey is the Deputy Superintendent of Operations at RSDLA, Recovery School District Louisiana, transforming schools and putting students on the path to career and college. He is a steward in his community, leading and implementing the School Facilities Master Plan.
Walker Wells: Walker is the Director of the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green, developing and implementing viable and cost-effective green building practices and programs. He has also worked as the Senior Urban Designer with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, Associate Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden. He is a member of the American Institute of City Planners and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Matt Petersen: Matt Petersen has led Global Green USA since 1994, building and guiding the organization's innovative programs and initiatives. Matt’s vision for the green rebuilding of New Orleans has led to the greening of New Orleans schools, helped educate thousands of residents to rebuild their homes more energy efficiently, and helped create the Holy Cross Project, a sustainable village in the Lower 9th Ward with 23 units of affordable housing and a community/climate action center. Matt has been touted a "green all-star" by Outside Magazine, and he was appointed by the Sir Edmund Hillary Institute in New Zealand as the Inaugural Hillary Fellow in May 2008.