BRATTLEBORO, VT -- BuildingGreen, publishers of Environmental Building News and the GreenSpec® Directory of green products, has partnered with Second Nature to help provide information and guidance to under-resourced colleges and universities around the US. Second Nature has launched a capacity-building program, Advancing Green Building in Higher Education, focused on addressing some of the challenges faced by under-resourced colleges and universities to "build green" on their campuses.
Through this program BuildingGreen is offering highly discounted access to the premium content in BuildingGreen Suite to participating colleges and universities. BuildingGreen's founder and executive editor, Alex Wilson has also been participating in the drafting of a study guidance document entitled "Advancing Education for Sustainability: Teaching the Concepts of Green Building to All Students." This strategic paper will help guide further work by Second Nature, the U.S. Green Building Council, BuildingGreen, and others to further the advancement of green building knowledge and practice in education.
"Our goal with Second Nature is to put the practical green building information for which BuildingGreen is known into the hands of the institutions that really need it," said Alex Wilson, BuildingGreen's founder and executive editor. "BuildingGreen is helping organizations that might not be able to afford the time and money to engage in green building practices, by teaming up with Second Nature and providing special access to practical and timely information."
"Our research indicates that under-resourced colleges and universities are often isolated in peer groups with little green building experience and without the financial resources to access the networks and great resources that now exist on green building," said Amy Seif Hattan, director of strategic initiatives at Second Nature. "We are pleased to partner with BuildingGreen to provide decision-makers at these schools with the opportunity to learn from the resources available to construct and renovate campus buildings in ways that save money, reduce environmental and health impacts, and serve as educational tools."
Second Nature is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to accelerate movement towards a sustainable future by helping senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. Second Nature is the lead support organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which has been signed by more than 665 school presidents who are committed to eliminating carbon emissions on campus and training students to help society address climate change. Second Nature also coordinates the Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium. More information is available online about the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education initiative and other Second Nature programs.
BuildingGreen, LLC has provided the building industry with quality information on sustainable design and construction since its founding in 1985. Publications of the Brattleboro, Vermont-based company include Environmental Building News (launched in 1992 as the first North American publication focused on green building), GreenSpec (the leading print and online directory of green building products), and LEEDuser, a resource and community for help with LEED projects, online at www.leeduser.com. For information, visit www.buildinggreen.com or call 802-257-7300.