Garinger High School Students Learn About Sustainable Construction With USGBC-Charlotte Region

Select students from Garinger High School in Charlotte will learn about sustainable construction through a four-part green building program with the USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter, Communities In Schools and Access Services.
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March 9, 2012 - PRLog -- Charlotte, NC,  March 6, 2012 – Select students from Garinger High School in Charlotte will learn about sustainable construction through a four-part green building program this semester. The USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter has teamed up with Communities In Schools and Access Services to organize the program that started with a tour of the Duke Energy Center – Charlotte’s newest skyscraper. There will also be two classroom sessions and a special hands-on, campus improvement project.

The top 6 students from each environmental science class were invited to tour the Duke Energy Center and see first-hand the environmental attributes of this LEED Platinum beacon of Charlotte’s skyline.  The classroom session on March 16 will be a career panel with 4 professionals and an audience of 130 environmental science students.  The campus improvement project will include designing and building recycle bins for the Garinger High School campus.  

This project is in its 4th year and the goal is to expose students to the benefits of green building and show them the myriad of career opportunities in the field of construction.
“The USGBC CRC recognizes that the sustainable building movement is becoming the new normal in the construction and design process.  With this in mind, it is vital to share this knowledge with future architects, engineers and construction professionals,” said Emily Scofield, Executive Director of the USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter. “They will be the ones to push green building to the next level!”
About The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Charlotte Region Chapter

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Charlotte Region Chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our region through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter leads a diverse constituency of professionals in the green building industry, as well as builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, go to

About Communities In Schools

The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. An affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg currently serves over 6,500 students annually in 44 high poverty Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who are most at-risk for dropping out. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is helping build a stronger local community where every child is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. Find out more at

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The Chapter is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization serving 37 counties throughout the Charlotte Region. The Chapter’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.
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