New program to help schools bridge gap to sustainability

New program to help schools bridge gap to sustainability

Graphic courtesy of USGBC

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is launching a new program called Arc + Schools. As part of the effort, the organization is seeking interested school districts, with and without LEED projects, to use the new Arc platform to track performance of their buildings, benchmark with their peers and share feedback with the council along the way.

Arc is designed to connect sustainability actions and facilitate transformation in the built environment. All the building data available in the market (for both LEED and non-LEED projects) is organized in one location, providing an immediate entry point for users worldwide to connect, share information and inspire one another to create high-performing green spaces.

The goal of the Arc + Schools program is to understand how the Arc technology platform can best support school district sustainability efforts in building performance, health and wellness and sustainability literacy. Throughout the yearlong program, participants will engage with the Arc platform by inputting energy, water, waste, transportation and other sustainability data, using the analytics and reporting features and testing new measures and platform tools that are specific to schools.

USGBC will incorporate user feedback to refine Arc + Schools, with the ultimate goal of launching it more widely in the second quarter of 2018.

Participant requirements

District participants must be prepared to actively engage with USGBC throughout the duration of the year, including

  • Meeting established data requirements for entry of established school-level energy, water, waste, transportation, human experience, health and learning measures.
  • Forming and coordinating with a district working group across multiple departments, including facilities, transportation, food services, health and wellness and curriculum.
  • Developing an individualized work plan that includes deadlines for meeting required program targets.
  • Having regular communications with the USGBC team, as well as feedback on platform features and functionality.


To ensure USGBC is able to provide a deep level of support to each participant, a limited number of spots are available. Interested districts should review the program requirements and then express their interest in participating by completing the short Arc + Schools program interest form.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Educational Buildings, Educational Buildings - Colleges and Universities, Energy Audit / Energy Management, Energy Saving Products, Sustainable Communities, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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