TSD Among Finalists for Green School Makeover

TSD Among Finalists for Green School Makeover


Contact: Courtney Hamilton, [email protected]

Schools Are One Step Closer to Reaching Green Goals

Ten Finalists Announced in Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover
Competition Presented by Pureology

New York, NY (November 18, 2011) –Texas School for the Deaf, among ten
schools located in cities across the country, was selected today as a
finalist in the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition,
presented by Pureology. Over the coming weeks, a panel of judges will
evaluate the schools and select one to win a grand prize for energy
efficiency and sustainability upgrades, valued at $130,000.

“At Global Green USA, we have been working on greening schools for over a
decade because we believe every child deserves a healthy learning
environment,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green. “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

The ten finalists—which include public, private and charter schools—were
selected out of more than 200 entries, based on 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.

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

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.”

For more information and to view the finalists’ entries, please visit

Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) proposal was submitted as a result of
being nominated for the Green School Makeover by Francisco Villa, owner of
Francisco’s Salon – a neighboring business near the school in Austin Texas
that has been a supporter of TSD and Deaf community since opening in
February this year. Villa’s salon did over fifty free makeovers for
students, teachers and families during Spring Break in March.

For more about Francisco’s Salon, with locations in Austin and Corpus
Christi Texas, please visit: http://franciscossalon.com/.

The top ten finalists were selected by a jury of individuals dedicated to
improving conditions in our nations schools through green building and
environmental stewardship. They include: Bill Orr, Executive Director for
Collaborative for High Performance Schools; Shae Kalyani, VP of Marketing
for Pureology; Erin Schrode, spokeswoman and co-founder of the US-based
Turning Green campaign; Ramsey Green, Deputy Superintendent of Operations at
Recovery School District Louisiana; Walker Wells, Director of the Green
Urbanism Program at Global Green; Matt Petersen, President and CEO at Global

To learn how you can implement green improvements in your school, home and
community, please visit http://www.globalgreen.org/greenschools.

Global Green would like to thank our partners who helped promote the Green
School Competition including: Alliance for Climate Education, Center for
Ecoliteracy, Environmental Charter Schools, Facing the Future, Global Youth
Action Network, Green Education Foundation, Healthy Child Healthy World,
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, NAACP, Roots and Shoots,
Project Learning Tree, Dream in Green, Green schools Initiative, National
Beta Club.

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About Global Green USA

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International,
founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a
sustainable and secure future. For 15 years, Global Green USA has been a
national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming
including green building for affordable housing, schools and communities
that save money, improve health and create green jobs. Global Green USA has
influenced more than $20 billion dollars for green building projects and
educates millions of people about climate friendly solutions through its
annual Red Carpet/Green Cars Oscars campaign. Global Green is also leading
efforts to help rebuild a green New Orleans through its sustainable green
village and green schools initiatives.


Pureology Serious Colour Care is a professional haircare line committed to
the well-being of the environment, and since its inception in 2001,
Pureology took measures to decrease its impact on the environment by using
natural, organic botanicals and 100% Vegan ingredients. All Pureology
formulas offer an industry first: Longer Lasting Hair Colour – Guaranteed!®
For more information visit Pureology.com or like Pureology on Facebook.
Please note, Pureology products can only be guaranteed authentic when
purchased from a salon.


The Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) is the oldest continuously operating
public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students since
1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for
students, their families and professionals in the field throughout Texas.
With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community
at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths
and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong.
For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit

Keena Miller | Outreach & Development Specialist at Texas School for the Deaf
contact | [email protected] – 512.462.5328 | fax: 512.462.5661

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