Category: Greening Schools


Permalink 06:57:07 am, by mleslie Email , 68 words, 396 views   English (US)
Categories: Greening Schools

Back-to-school green resources

Today is the first day of school for children in my part of the world (Toronto, Ontario), and to mark the occasion here is a list of resources from the US National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities that examine the impact of "green" schools on learning. To learn more about the NCEF itself, which is housed at the US National Institute of Building Sciences, please click on the headline.


Permalink 06:37:50 pm, by mleslie Email , 545 words, 630 views   English (CA)
Categories: Greening Schools

Links for Parents, Students, Teachers and Administrators

These links are presented in alphabetical order, but represent a variety of different topics. They update those I first listed here in November 2006.

1) The California Collaborative for High Performance Schools was the first green rating system for K-12 schools in the US; and has been adopted in several other jurisdictions:

2) California State Architect is responsible for K-12 schools and community colleges. The “Sustainable Schools” is directed towards administrators:

3) The “Clean Air-Cool Planet” on-line toolkit provides the basics for a campus climate action plan:

4) The Evergreen Foundation has its origins in Toronto; as well as offices in other Canadian cities. My children’s school has successfully obtained grants under its “Learning Grounds” programme:

5) “Graffiti Hurts” has a teachers’ guide. Tags, bombs and throw-up can’t coexist with green schools:

6) is a site (my site) that advocates for a national, sutainable high-performance green building standard:

7) The Harvard Green Campus Initiative (aka ivy league goes green):

8) The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities is an excellent resource. Created in 1997, until 2012 it provided information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools in the US. Although funding was stopped, there are still many resources on its website. See:

9) The National Center for Educational Statistics compiles a planning guide for maintaining US school facilities. The guide contains a site list of all state and upper tier school facility sites:

10) National Geographic magazine has an online "Green Guide" that is useful around the house. See:

11) New York City Green Schools Guide:

12) The Ontario School Facilities Inventory Data System existed for four years from 2000 to 2003. This is the site where the public could learn about their school’s condition. Most survey returns were removed with the change of government in 2003:

13) The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development operates a “Programme on Educational Building” that promotes research on school buildings:,3373,en_2649_35961311_1_1_1_1_37455,00.html

14) The Sustainable Building Industry Council’s “classroom” for high performance schools has several free online seminars that you should check out:

15) TD Friends of the Environment Foundation also provided a grant to our kids’ elementary school in Toronto:

16) Toronto District School Board’s “EcoSchool” programme:

17) In the US, ASHRAE has released an "Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings" that provides recommendations for achieving 50% energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004:

18) The US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program has school case studies that are worth emulating:

19) The US Green Building Council’s “Build Green Schools” is a rating programme for buildings:

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These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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