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Environmental Building in the Educational Sector

March 5, 2009
Environmental Building in the Education Sector

Speakers for this Event:

  • Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager, Education Sector, USGBC (US Green Building Council)   Learn More
  • Adam Tibbs, President, Project Frog  Learn More

20% of America goes to school every day.  Too many of these students and teachers attend schools in buildings that are inefficient and miss important opportunities to reduce operational costs, foster learning and protect student health.

In this webinar, Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager of the Education Sector for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will make the case for building LEED certified schools and share her personal experiences with schools that have chosen to go green. Using real examples, Rachel will discuss the impact green schools can have on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs and the environment.

Listeners will learn about the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system for schools.  LEED is USGBC’s voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. 


Key Take-Away Points:

  • What does it mean to be a green school?
  • Long-term benefits and ROI for schools committed to green buildings
  • General understanding of the LEED green building rating system and how it relates to schools
  • Long-Term, ROI benefits and cost put into perspective
  • USGBC function, goals and future initiatives
  • Resources available to help in all stages of green building efforts
  • Case studies ( state level, district level)

Facilities managers, operation roles and desicion makers in the Education Sector


Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager, Education Sector, USGBC (US Green Building Council)

As the Senior Manager of the Education Sector for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Rachel Gutter works on a national level to promote and facilitate the design, construction and operations of high performance, green schools and higher education facilities. She oversees USGBC’s National Green Schools Campaign as well as the LEED for Schools Green Building Rating System®, USGBC’s market-specific guidelines that recognize the unique nature and educational aspects of the design and construction of K-12

educational facilities. Rachel works closely with colleges and universities to assist them in greening their campuses. Through collaborative efforts with energy service companies, utility companies, foundations and a variety of other organizations, Rachel is working to create green building incentives to assist the education sector in achieving their green building goals. She promotes and

supports new and existing green school policies at the local, state and federal level and works closely with members of the Green School Caucus on Capitol Hill. Rachel presents at conferences and conventions around the country, educating stakeholders and the public on the value of transforming the education sector toward sustainability.

Rachel’s recent experience in the fields of green building consulting and high performance educational design includes her work with the Green Building Program of Montgomery County Public Schools – one of the only school systems in the country to mandate green school construction. Rachel has six years of teaching experience and K-12 curriculum development. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. 

Adam Tibbs, President, Project Frog 

Build smart. Go fast. Reduce waste. Keep it green. Make it last. Adam Tibbs' commitment to sustainability extends equally to Project FROG, the venture-backed company he steers as president, and the award-winning green building solutions it produces. A seasoned entrepreneur, Adam has successfully managed growth and created value for burgeoning companies in a variety of sectors. His ability to embrace a vision and connect the dots to the technology and tools required to execute is making affordable green building solutions more than just an idea. In an industry that has seen innovation only within narrow channels, Adam is helping Project FROG innovate across the construction spectrum to transform an industry increasingly misaligned with market needs.

Prior to joining Project FROG, Adam managed several multi-million dollar software projects. He also founded a software development company that experienced 40X growth in revenue in fewer than four years. Adam is a graduate of Columbia University, where he earned a degree in English Literature.

Workshop Presentation by Project Frog

Project Frog will be joining us to discuss their experience in green building efforts.

Better, greener, faster, cheaper. Smart. Project FROG Inc, is a San Francisco-based company founded in 2006 with the mission of designing and manufacturing smart buildings -- high-performance, green building systems that are healthy, quick to deploy, affordable, sustainable and permanent.

The company's leadership team comprises award-winning architects as well as accomplished entrepreneurs and innovative builders, FROG (Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth) buildings are architecturally elegant, highly functional, energy efficient, quick-to-deploy and adaptable.

The recipient of numerous industry awards, Project FROG is at the forefront of change for a new standard in green building.

For more information, please visit http://www.projectfrog.com/


We represent over 115 Texas educational organizations, junior and community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities We are a non-profit organization that promotes, common interests, proficiency and professionalism in college and university Physical Plant operations to include planning, development, administration, maintenance and operations; to foster professional ideals and standards, and to better serve the objectives of institutions of higher education.

AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future.  It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach  through education, communication, research and professional development.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. AACTE’s reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education. AACTE employs three key strategies to achieve its goals:

Advocacy: AACTE maintains a constant presence on Capitol Hill to expand its congressional network and provide members with up-to-the-minute analysis of education policy.

Leadership: AACTE believes in consensus-building through open and free-flowing dialogue on education matters, consistent support for diverse learners, and serving as a principal authority on issues pertaining to teacher quality.

Service: AACTE provides members with vital communication regarding policy issues and events, publications targeting various areas of interest, and unique professional development opportunities.

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