Contacts at Five Green Districts

The U.S. Green Building Council suggests these school districts as useful resources for others considering sustainability measures in current or planned schools.

•  Bryant Public Schools, Bryant, Ark. Students in Bryant’s 10 schools get firsthand green experience, using their green buildings as living laboratories to inform curricula. Contact: Deborah Bruick, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction,

•  Council Rock School District, Newtown, Pa. This district reduced its energy consumption in its 16 schools by 46 percent, saving $7.1 million in four years, but spending only $150,000 to do it. Contact: Tom Schneider, supervisor of operations,

• Poudre School District, Fort Collins, Colo. This district hired its first energy manager in 1993, launching a comprehensive program that has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Contact: Stu Reeve, energy manager, 

•  Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, N.M. This 1,670-student district saves thousands of dollars each year through districtwide practices, such as turning off extra lights and appliances once a week and committing its new schools to earn LEED Silver certification. Contact: Al Sena, executive director of facilities,

•  Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Va. Through no-cost strategies such as removing personal appliances from classrooms and instituting a no-idling policy for buses, the district saves $750,000 a year. Contact: Tim Cole, sustainable schools manager,