12/12/17

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Number of LEED-certified schools hits 2,000

December 12, 2017 - For years, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has kept a close eye on the way that K–12 schools interact with or purchase the resources and products that USGBC provides. It’s one way to tell how well the benefits of green building are reaching schools and school districts, and it also tells USGBC when we need to do some research to improve the solutions we’re offering.

Just recently, we reached a major milestone: 2,000 LEED-certified K–12 schools.

True to our LEED standards, our 2,000th school, the Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, operates with high levels of sustainability. With on-site renewable energy, the use of low-emitting materials and reduction in water use, among other features, the Rio Grande High School earned LEED Gold certification.

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5,500 U.S. schools use solar power, study shows

December 11, 2017 - In a field behind an elementary school in rural Middlesex County, Virginia, near the Chesapeake Bay, an ambitious plan has been taking shape: Schools Superintendent Peter Gretz and other local administrators are preparing to power their school district with solar energy.

By next August, Virginia-based solar developer Sun Tribe Solar expects to have an array of solar panels in place in that field that can generate enough electricity to power the county's elementary school and middle school—at a price well below their current electricity costs—while offering students, teachers and the community a way to learn about clean energy, reports Inside Climate News.

"We felt it was important work for our kids, and we wanted them to see the community leading in a way that was responsible and sustainable, as well as fiscally responsible and efficient," Gretz said.

The number of schools powered by solar is growing quickly. About 5 percent of all K-12 U.S. schools are now powered by the sun, and their solar capacity has almost doubled in the last three years, according to a new study by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation and Generation 180, a clean energy nonprofit.

10/30/17

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A new elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., aims at being a pilot for that city’s NZE commitment

by John Caulfield, Building Design & Construction- October 28, 2017 - The first Net Zero Emissions school, and the largest NZE building of any type, in Massachusetts is under construction in East Cambridge. In collaboration with William Rawn Associates, Boston-based architectural firm Arrowstreet has designed this 270,000 -sf building, which will house King Open School for grades K-5 and Cambridge Street Upper School for grades 6-8. The schools will have separate entrances as well as their own academic, physical education, and administrative facilities, but will share common spaces that will include the media center, cafeteria, and auditorium.

10/19/17

Permalink 03:29:43 pm, by mleslie Email , 64 words, 26 views   English (CA)
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B.C. replacing two Vancouver schools to address earthquake concerns

Vancouver - B.C. Premier John Horgan has announced plans to replace two Vancouver schools due to earthquake safety concerns. The province will invest $46.9 million to replace Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary school and Bayview Community Elementary school, both of which are at high risk of collapsing in an earthquake, explains a release. The new schools are scheduled to be ready for students in late 2021.

10/06/17

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Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg is the 2017 Greenest School in Canada

Ottawa, ON – September 27, 2017 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools announced today that Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. Located in the heart of a new neighbourhood in North Winnipeg, Amber Trails is a 78,000 sq.ft., newly constructed building that acts not just as a school, but as an open and accessible hub within the community. The school received LEED® Platinum certification in 2016, and won the CaGBC’s Excellence in Green Building for New Construction award in May 2017.

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