Archives for: October 2011


Permalink 04:36:23 pm, by mleslie Email , 139 words, 220 views   English (US)
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US Department of Energy Issues Report on Financing Solar Photovoltaic Systems for K-12 Schools

October 20, 2011 - Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a report titled, "Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K-12 Schools," detailing best practices for financing and installing photovoltaic (PV) systems on school buildings. The Department also applauded the director of DOE's SunShot Initiative, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, who was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) during a ceremony at the organization's annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C., October 16th and 17th. Ramesh was elected for his contributions to the science and technology of functional complex oxide materials, which he has applied to his work advancing solar energy technologies. Membership in NAE is considered one of the highest honors in the engineering profession, and includes leaders in business, academia, and government.

To download the full report click here.


Permalink 08:46:26 am, by mleslie Email , 84 words, 226 views   English (US)
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A report on how universities and colleges might implement the 'Billion Dollar Green Challenge'

These notes were taken by Sam Hummel on October 12th during a session of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education that addressed methods of implementing the Billion Dollar Green Challenge .....

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, the panel will advance the hypothesis that innovative investments in revolving loan funds can provide a viable and vital large-scale funding solution.


Permalink 08:36:12 am, by mleslie Email , 175 words, 232 views   English (US)
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How to Green Schools? Make It Someone's Job

by Jenna McKnight, GreenSource Magazine - Last year, the USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools, which aims to make schools across the nation more sustainable on all levels, from building design to facility management to curriculum development.

The fledgling center has made notable strides, introducing a number of initiatives and hosting various events. Its first big event was a Green Schools Summit in Sundance, Utah, where dozens of educators and civic leaders – along with the superstar Robert Redford -- gathered to discuss strategies for greening America’s schools. (Read our coverage!)

This summer, the center took another step forward by launching its Green Schools Fellowship, which places “sustainability officers” in public schools around the nation for paid, three-year terms. It hired its first two fellows this past summer: Phoebe Bieirle was chosen to work with Boston Public Schools, and Farah McDill was placed in the Sacramento City Unified School District. These two green gurus have immersed themselves in their assigned communities and are now working toward instituting sweeping changes throughout their respective school districts.

Permalink 08:33:48, by mleslie Email , 47 words, 227 views   English (EU)
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Carbon Detectives program for schools (a program of the European Commission)

Welcome to the European wide Carbon Detectives programme. This website and all its tools have been developed with support from the European Commission through its Intelligent Energy programme. As a school you simply need to register to gain full access to the programme and its supporting tools.


Permalink 03:04:00 pm, by mleslie Email , 129 words, 228 views   English (US)
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US DoE Announces Guide for 50% More Energy Efficient K-12 School Buildings

Washington, DC - October 12, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the release of the second installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). This latest guide will help architects, engineers, and contractors design and build highly efficient K-12 school buildings, saving taxpayer dollars. The 50% AEDG series provides a practical approach to designing schools and other major commercial building types that achieve 50% energy savings compared to the commercial building energy code used in many parts of the nation. These commercial building guides support President Obama’s goal to reduce energy use in commercial buildings 20% by 2020 and will help drive demand for energy-saving products made in the United States. The Advanced Energy Design Guide for 50% energy savings in K-12 schools is now available for download.

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