Green Schools Challenge registration is open _lowres

Photo provided by U.S. Green Building Council—Edna Karr High School in New Orleans won the contest to create the 2014-15 Green Schools Challenge poster.

Registration is open for the Green Schools Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council in Louisiana. Students, parents, teachers and principals interested in getting their school involved should email challenge coordinator Raqueline Fuentes at greenschools@usgbclouisiana.org.

USGBC Louisiana provides challenge schools with resources and a network of green professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction to help them meet their green goals. It also coordinates volunteers to help the schools with labor as part of a Green Apple Day of Service, this year to be held Sept. 26.

Through March 2016, participants in the Green Schools Challenge will implement low- or no-cost green projects aimed at turning schools, from kindergartens through high schools, into healthy and productive learning and work environments, while reducing energy, maintenance and water costs.

Schools that have the most impact within their communities can win cash and prizes. Several participating schools have received grants to acquire materials and resources.

More than 55 schools have already participated in the challenge, spearheading projects such as building outdoor classrooms, initiating energy-efficiency programs, reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging carpooling, managing stormwater runoffs, and becoming recycling hubs within their communities.