Ten Finalists Announced in Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

New York, NY (November 17, 2011) –Ten schools located in cities across the country were selected today as finalists in the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition, presented by Pureology. Over the coming weeks, a panel of judges will evaluate the schools and select one to win a grand prize for energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades, valued at $130,000.  

“At Global Green USA, we have been working on greening schools for over a decade because we believe every child deserves a healthy learning environment,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green.  “It is our hope that this competition will inspire schools and communities across the country to make improvements that will increase student performance and teacher retention, while reducing global warming pollution and energy costs.”

The ten finalists—which include public, private and charter schools—were selected out of more than 200 entries, based on the clarity and description of the school’s green challenges and need for a makeover. Each of the applications included proposals for green improvements, such as planting organic vegetable gardens, creating recycling programs, and adopting energy-efficiency upgrades.  

On December 6, one grand prize winner will be selected to receive the ultimate Green School Makeover, which includes $65,000 for school renovations and an additional $65,000 worth of technical assistanceFour runner-up schools will be awarded $2,500 each to make their school more sustainable. 

The finalists (in alphabetical order):

  1. Garlough Environmental Magnet School; West St. Paul, MN
  2. New York French American Charter School; New York, NY
  3. Prosser Career Academy (CPS); Chicago, IL
  4. Samuel Powel Elementary School; Philadelphia, PA
  5. Scattergood Friends School; West Branch, IA
  6. South Berwyn School District (Heritage Middle School); Berwyn, IL
  7. Texas School for the Deaf; Austin, TX
  8. The Academy for Global Citizenship; Chicago, IL
  9. West Miami Middle School; Miami, FL
  10. Zimmerman School House, Inc. d/b/a Abi's Place; Coral Springs, FL

“Pureology is proud to have supported Global Green’s extraordinary programs over the past two years and to increase our support in 2011 by presenting Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition to help improve the lives of students while educating parents, teachers, students and the public about the importance of creating healthy green classrooms,” states Shae Kalyani, Vice President of Marketing for Pureology.  “Throughout 2011, Pureology will offer client product promotions in salons and donate a total of $250,000 to Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology.”

For more information and to view the finalists’ entries, please visitwww.globalgreen.org/articles/greenschools/19

The top ten finalists were selected by a jury of individuals dedicated to improving conditions in our nations schools through green building and environmental stewardship. They include: Bill Orr, Executive Director for Collaborative for High Performance Schools; Shae Kalyani, VP of Marketing for Pureology; Erin Schrode, spokeswoman and co-founder of the US-based Turning Green campaign; Ramsey Green, Deputy Superintendent of Operations at Recovery School District Louisiana; Walker Wells, Director of the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green; Matt Petersen, President and CEO at Global Green. 

To learn how you can implement green improvements in your school, home and community, please visit www.globalgreen.org/greenschools.

Global Green would like to thank our partners who helped promote the Green School Competition including: Alliance for Climate Education, Center for Ecoliteracy, Environmental Charter Schools, Facing the Future, Global Youth Action Network, Green Education Foundation, Healthy Child Healthy World, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, NAACP, Roots and Shoots, Project Learning Tree, Dream in Green, Green schools Initiative, National Beta Club.

About Global Green USA

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.  For 15 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.  Global Green USA has influenced more than $20 billion dollars for green building projects and educates millions of people about climate friendly solutions through its annual Red Carpet/Green Cars Oscars campaign.  Global Green is also leading efforts to help rebuild a green New Orleans through its sustainable green village and green schools initiatives.


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