About GWC for K-12 Schools

The 2016-2017 K-12 Schools GWC 

The GWC for K-12 Schools is a brief 21-week challenge that empowers teachers, principals and students to participate in the Green Workplace Challenge. The 2016-2017 K-12 Schools Competition closed on February 28, 2017.

Thank You to the Participating Schools:

  • Central Catholic High School
  • Environmental Charter School
  • Gateway High School
  • Springdale Jr-Sr High School
  • West Allegheny School District
  • Woodland Hills Academy

What is the K-12 Schools GWC?

Just like the traditional Green Workplace Challenge, the K-12 GWC can be customized to your school, classroom and / or district’s needs. Choose from more than 150 actions to develop your individualized “game plan”. Actions are sorted into seven different categories:

  • Empathy, Inclusion and Social Equity
  • Employee & Student Engagement
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Materials Management
  • Transportation
  • Air Quality

School participants can focus on one category, or choose a few actions from each. Participants are welcome to focus only on the actions their group can complete (such as “Classroom Engagement & Education” actions for teachers and students), or participants can engage others in their school or district (such as your building’s Operations Manager) to complete even more actions. There are many ways to make a difference.

Why 21 weeks?

In many schools, each semester brings a whole new course schedule for students, making it difficult to continue some initiatives between semesters. Furthermore, schools typically have a very different level of building usage in the summer than during the school year. Our traditional year-long Green Workplace Challenge can be difficult for schools to engage with, because it doesn’t fit well with the academic calendar.

This year, Sustainable Pittsburgh created a special adaptation of the Green Workplace Challenge just for K-12 schools. While many actions are still related to building operations, the K-12 GWC also includes actions to engage teachers, students and the community around sustainability.

Who Won the 2016-2017 K-12 Schools GWC?

With a total of 122 points, Central Catholic High School has won the 2016-2017 Green Workplace Challenge K-12 Schools Competition! Congratulations on a strong finish and the collective effort among students and staff in engaging in a variety of actions!

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