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Building Learners Program

Building Learners Program

Essential questions: 
How can we use data and benchmarks to make my school building more efficient?
How can we use models to understand green buildings?
How does my behavior impact the efficiency of my school building?
How can we use what we learn from green buildings to help our community achieve its sustainability goals?

By using the building as a laboratory for STEM learning, students are empowered to propose data-driven solutions for healthier, more efficient school environments.


How does Building Learners support student learning?

  • Standards-aligned, hands-on lessons from Learning Lab, including the below lessons on green building and benchmarking
  • Teacher training, including the Green Classroom Professional Certificate
  • Support from a local green building professional mentor
  • Access to Arc, an online sustainability benchmarking platform
  • Resource library for teachers with lesson planning and project management tools

How does my class participate in Building Learners?

  • Purchase the program for your class, and implement it on your own schedule, or participate in an annual cohort with classes from around the country.
  • The annual cohort runs from January-December each year, and includes the basic program resources, plus;
    • a live, virtual training for your class team (teacher, facilities manager, green building professional)
    • enhanced Arc features, including Arc Essentials and Arc Performance Certificates
    • a network of other teachers to learn from and connect with throughout the year
    • participation in a student exhibition at the end of the year
    • the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to offset the program cost

Learn more about implementation options, timelines, and forming a team in the FAQ's.

Sign up for Building Learners

Still not sure Building Learners is right for your school? Reach out to us at schools@usgbc.org for any questions.