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Chartiers Valley School District is charting new territory for school design and construction

At a recent Green and Healthy Schools Academy event, representatives from the Chartiers Valley School District administration, facility designer IKM Inc., and the Green & Healthy Schools Academy spoke about what makes the new Chartiers Valley Middle and High Schools project innovative and unique, and why all schools should be considering this type of approach. […]

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Patience & Collaboration: The Process for Achieving High Performing Schools

At GBA, we foster and celebrate buildings that are healthy and high performing, have minimal effects on the environment, and raise the bar for performance. Our Green and Healthy Schools Academy (GHSA) works with educators, administrators, students, and community members to bring innovative, inclusive, collaborative, inspiring places of learning into our region’s schools. The Chartiers […]

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Green and High-Performing Cleaning

green-healthy-schools-academy-logo_squareA comprehensive, high-performing green cleaning program can improve student and staff health and attendance, improve the overall cleanliness of your school, AND reduce custodial costs.

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A true high-performing cleaning program protects the health of students and staff and reduces operating costs. Come and learn about the technology and science that have changed the face of cleaning and how you can get the most from your cleaning budget. Green cleaning is much more than just avoiding certain chemicals; it also includes new technology and equipment, structured processes and training, and an emphasis on prevention.



Andrew Ellsworth, Director, Green & Healthy Schools Academy

Paul Bertenthal, D.H. Bertenthal & Sons, Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies Vendor

Tom Meeder, Pittsburgh Public Schools Facilities & Custodial Supervisor



1.  Recognize the importance of green cleaning to student and staff health.

2.  Understand the primary components of a green and high-performing cleaning program.

3.  Learn recommended steps for starting or improving a green and high-performance cleaning program.


Light refreshments will be provided.

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have grant funding available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school personnel that would like to attend.  If you work for a school or district, please contact Andrew Ellsworth (andrewe@gbapgh.org) to arrange for discounted registration.

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GBCI CMP  This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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What I Learned at the Inspire Speakers Series

April’s Inspire Speakers Series was filled with storytelling, adventures, youth voices, and music!  Dr. John Francis, Patty DeMarco, Mike Schiller, and students from the Environmental Charter School had the audience enthralled from start to finish. We were even treated to some banjo-strumming by John Francis himself, a perfect complement to the Chiodi Trio’s banjo music […]

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy Profile: Spectrum Charter School

Spectrum Charter School is one of nine schools/school districts participating in the inaugural class of GBA’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy (GHSA).  Located in Monroeville, Spectrum has been serving 13- to 21-year-old students since 1999. The school’s mission is to meet the needs of students who do not learn well in typical classroom settings due […]

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