Green Schools

Our Green Schools initiative is devoted to bringing the fundamentals of sustainability education to schools in our region at varying age levels as well as providing campus needs through USGBC-LA volunteers during our annual Green Apple Day of Service.

Program Overview

USGBC-LA has successfully presented Sustainability Fundamentals workshops to schools in the greater LA community, impacting over 800 students with 34 different sessions in the first half of 2021 alone. By fostering the value and the necessity of sustainability to the youth, we are not only teaching sustainable solutions but are also building more mindful citizens for our future.

Talking to kids about climate change and sustainability is extremely important and we need your help to grow and diversify our network of instructors to ensure that all students are inspired and encouraged by these workshops!

Click here to apply to be a Sustainability Fundamentals speaker today!

The Sustainability Fundamentals education developed by USGBC-LA provides a high-level overview of the concepts around sustainability to primary and secondary school students through a 90-minute workshop delivered by experts from our member base of sustainability professionals who are asked to talk about their career paths. The workshops introduce students to the goals, principles, and practical applications of sustainability covering various topics. Access the full curriculum overview here.

As a follow up to the workshops, each teacher receives an email with a variety of resources that they can access to continue to further sustainability education in their classrooms, including free USGBC-LA memberships for students, teachers, and school staff, free access to the USGBC Learning Lab with more than 580 sustainability lessons across all K-12 grade levels and multiple subjects in English and Spanish.

Submit an application to be a speaker for the workshops
(English and/or Spanish)
* Speakers will be provided with proper instructions and presentation materials

Are you a teacher or school representative? Click here to submit an application for the Sustainability Fundamentals to be brought to your school! 
Applications for requesting a workshop for your students are open!
Please fill out this form.


Check out some of our Sustainability Fundamentals Speaker Sessions

Recordings available via our Youtube channel here.Green Schools: Elementary I   |   Green Schools: Elementary II   |   Green Schools: Secondary I   |   Green Schools: Secondary II

We also invite you to check out the USGBC National Learning Lab Website with valuable FREE resources for students, educators and parents that can be used for distance learning during this global pandemic time.



The Green Apple Day of Service is an annual event that brings together volunteers, parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations to contribute to sustainability projects in local schools that create a lasting impact. The Green Apple Day of Service is your day of action!

Want $500 To Help Green Your Child’s School?

The USGBC-LA Green Schools Committee is seeking applications for microgrants for green schools’ projects to be completed in the 2019-2020 School Year. Successful past projects have included:

  • Tree planting
  • Garden installation/expansion
  • Green wall installations
  • Mural painting
  • Dishwasher installation to reduce the use of disposable dishware
  • In-Classroom education
  • Air quality testing
  • Energy, water, and waste audits

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please email Fernanda Zuin for questions.


LADWP Rebates & Programs

LADWP Energy Efficiency & Rebates

LADWP Energy and Water Saving Tips

LADWP Facebook Page

LADWP Daylight Savings Tips

LADWP- Summer Energy Savings Tips

LADWP Water Conservation

LADWP Free Water Conservation Items

Compiled Energy & Water Resources

LADWP Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP)

LADWP Air Conditioning Optimization Program (ACOP)

LADWP Refrigerator Exchange Program (REP)

LADWP Attic Insulation Rebate Program

LADWP Consumer Rebate Program (CRP)

LADWP Efficient Product Marketplace (EPM)

LADWP Food Service Program

LADWP Commercial Direct Install (CDI)

LADWP Commercial Lighting Incentive Program (CLIP)

LADWP Custom Performance Program (CPP)

LADWP Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate Program

LADWP Used Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

LADWP Water Conservation Program

LADWP Water Rebates & Programs

LADWP Water Program Information Documents

LADWP Custom Water Conservation Projects Technical Assistance Program

LADWP Commercial Water Conservation Rebate Program

LADWP California Friendly Landscaping


Green Affordable Housing Program

Enrollment process is open! Eligible multifamily properties in the Eastern San Fernando Valley (check eligible zip codes below) can apply today! The Green Affordable Housing Program (GAHP) is a USGBC-LA initiative

Landscaper Certification Program

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The USGBC-LA Green Building Corps delivers a structured intern engagement program that provides participants with valuable experience, relationships, and contributions towards green building projects that benefit the greater Los Angeles region.

Women in Green

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Legacy Project

The annual Legacy Project is a gift to the under-served communities in our region from the USGBC-LA members who assist in designing, building, and supporting it. The Legacy Project team

Sustainable Innovation Awards

The Sustainable Innovation Awards offer prestige and affirmation of your commitment to a sustainable built environment. Unlike standardized rating systems, the Sustainable Innovation Awards evaluate merit based upon sustainable strategies