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For Immediate Release

Randy Barber

BVSD Chief Communications Officer



Kathy Gebhardt receives Green Schools Award

Board of Education Vice President honored for work on BEST grant program

Last week during the National Green Schools Conference held in Denver, Boulder Valley School District Board of Education Vice President Kathy Gebhardt was honored.

Gebhardt was recognized as part of the 2018 Best of Green Schools awards ceremony on Thursday, May 3. She was celebrated as the policymaker of the year for her instrumental role in passing the 2008 legislation establishing the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) capital construction grant program. She remains a strong advocate through her leadership on the BEST board. Her work has helped fund 319 requests to address deteriorating school facilities in Colorado, positively affecting nearly 180,000 students.

Best of Green Schools Awards are a collaboration between the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Schools National Network (GSNN).

“We are excited to recognize a group of honorees who represent the breadth and depth of sustainability education and leadership,” said Anisa Heming, director, Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “The hard work being done by this year’s recipients is nothing short of inspiring and a reminder of what can be achieved when communities come together around our schools.”

This year, the Best of Green Schools Awards recognized 11 individuals, institutions and projects that represent the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability.

“Every movement needs leaders, and this year’s Best of Green Schools honorees reflect the transformative leadership that is needed to move the green schools movement from niche to mainstream,” said Jennifer Seydel, executive director, Green Schools National Network. “I applaud their passion and selfless dedication to co-creating a sustainable future for us all.”

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