Schools from Houston, Michigan and Nashville, Tenn., are among the winners of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Best of Green Schools 2014 awards.

The USGBC’s Center for Green Schools picked 10 schools, people, projects and events that it says the pinnacle of green HVAC and other environmental efforts.

“Selecting the Best of Green Schools honorees is an exciting and challenging process, as there are so many fantastic examples of efforts being made in communities large and small,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools. “Some of the honorees go about their work quietly, others are in public positions and have the attention of a national audience. Every one of the honorees is a leader, taking risks, setting an example for others, innovating and diligently pursuing a world in which every student attends a green school within this generation.”

The full list of winners is here