The U.S. Green Building Council Louisiana Chapter recently distributed desks, tables, storage cabinets, science equipment and more to 13 local schools through the Green Schools Challenge. The challenge is an educational program designed to engage students in projects to green their schools.

The furniture was donated to USGBC Louisiana through the Education Market Association, which held its national convention at the New Orleans Convention Center in the fall. Manufacturers who exhibited at the EDspaces Exposition donated more than $150,000 in new products to the chapter to benefit local schools.

At West Jefferson High School in Harvey, Kim Conner-Davis’ chemistry classroom now has rolling whiteboard desks, allowing more classroom flexibility and collaboration.

At Belle Chasse Academy, “Musical instruments are being loaded into the storage cabinet, children are eating at the new cafeteria table, pre-K’s are napping on neat little cots, teachers are organizing with brand new bins … I could go on,” director of operations Michael Rocks said.

Here are the schools in the metro area that received equipment:

New Orleans

McDonogh 42 Elementary School

Lyceé Français

St. Paul’s Episcopal School

Ben Franklin Elementary School

Ben Franklin High School

Martin Behrman

West Bank

Belle Chase Academy

West Jefferson High School

John Ehret High School

Tangipahoa Parish

Lucile Nesom Middle School (Tickfaw)

Hammond Junior High Magnet School (Hammond).