Ten schools spread across the country have been selected as finalists in the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition, presented by Pureology. A panel of esteemed expert judges will now look at each school and select a winner, says Global Green USA.
The winner will receive a grand prize for energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades, valued at $130,000.
"It is our hope that this competition will inspire schools and communities across the country to make improvements that will increase student performance and teacher retention, while reducing global warming pollution and energy costs," says Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green.
The list of finalists includes public, private and charter schools. The final ten were picked out of more than 200 entries. The ten were seen to have best met the remit of the clarity and description of the school's green challenges and need for a makeover.
Each of the applications included proposals for green improvements, such as planting organic vegetable gardens, creating recycling programs, and adopting energy-efficiency upgrades.
The finalists (in alphabetical order):
Garlough Environmental Magnet School; West St. Paul, MN
New York French American Charter School; New York, NY
Prosser Career Academy (CPS); Chicago, IL
Samuel Powel Elementary School; Philadelphia, PA
Scattergood Friends School; West Branch, IA
South Berwyn School District (Heritage Middle School); Berwyn, IL
Texas School for the Deaf; Austin, TX
The Academy for Global Citizenship; Chicago, IL
West Miami Middle School; Miami, FL
Zimmerman School House, Inc. d/b/a Abi's Place; Coral Springs, FL
"Pureology is proud to have supported Global Green's extraordinary programs over the past two years and to increase our support in 2011 by presenting Global Green USA's Green School Makeover Competition to help improve the lives of students while educating parents, teachers, students and the public about the importance of creating healthy green classrooms," states Shae Kalyani, Vice President of Marketing for Pureology.
"Throughout 2011, Pureology will offer client product promotions in salons and donate a total of $250,000 to Global Green USA's Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology."
In the United States, Global Green's work is primarily focused on fighting global climate change through our green affordable housing initiatives, National Green Schools Initiative, national and regional green building policies, advocacy and education.
The organization merges innovative research, cutting-edge community based projects and targeted advocacy that looks to educate hundreds of millions of people annually, leverage billions of dollars for environmental initiatives and improve the lives of tens of thousands in low-income communities.
On December 6, one grand prize winner will be selected to receive the ultimate Green School Makeover, which includes $65,000 for school renovations and an additional $65,000 worth of technical assistance.
Four runner-up schools will be awarded $2,500 each to make their school more sustainable.