Archives for: January 2012


Permalink 07:34:17 am, by mleslie Email , 125 words, 241 views   English (US)
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USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America's Schools

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 25. 2012 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled new standards for school meals that will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation. The new meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in more than fifteen years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. The healthier meal requirements are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by the First Lady as part of her Let's Move! campaign and signed into law by President Obama.

To download USDA "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" January 26th Federal Register final ruling see:


Permalink 09:47:41 am, by mleslie Email , 33 words, 251 views   English (US)
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Hot Off the Presses! The Center for Green Schools 2011 Report Card

January 10, 2012 - by Jenny Wiedower - The Center for Green Schools just finished its first infographic, which depicts our work since being founded in September 2010, highlighting our reach, resources and really inspiring events.


Permalink 07:06:25 am, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 257 views   English (CA)
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Canadian author aims to stimulate construction curiosity in kids

by Kelly Lapointe - Bright and colourful illustrations and fun facts walk children through the fundamentals of buildings and structures in a new book. Look at That Building!: a First Book of Structures by Canadian illustrator-author Scot Ritchie, introduces young readers to basic construction concepts through the eyes of five friends who want to build a doghouse for their dog Max.

Permalink 06:21:50 am, by mleslie Email , 83 words, 238 views   English (CA)
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Education for Water Stewardship Program - A Manitoba school program encourages students to consider water in their daily lives

With hands-on, experiential learning, the Education for Water Stewardship Program has teachers inspiring their middle and high-school students to become more involved in water issues, both at home and around the world. Produced in partnership and with funding from Green Manitoba, Manitoba Water Stewardship and Learning for a Sustainable Future’s Project FLOW, the day-long workshop is delivered in schools by Green Manitoba staff and is free for teachers to attend.

For more information on seminar program contact:


Permalink 04:13:41 pm, by mleslie Email , 134 words, 223 views   English (CA)
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School location a factor in student health, performance

Vancouver, BC - January 4, 2012 - A study by Simon Fraser University researchers shows Canadian public schools in low-income neighbourhoods are more likely to be located near major roads, exposing students to elevated levels of air and noise pollution.

“Studies of children who live near major roads have found that traffic-related air pollution is associated with lower lung function, impaired lung growth, asthma, ear infections, and lower cognitive functioning,” says SFU geography grad student Ofer Amram. “Similar studies of traffic-related noise have found links with increased blood pressure, reduced sleep quality, and cognitive deficits.”

Amram, who co-authored the study with SFU health sciences assistant professor Ryan Allen and three University of British Columbia colleagues, adds research also shows that children exposed to higher air pollution and noise at school lead to poorer average academic performance.


Permalink 08:22:54 am, by mleslie Email , 122 words, 229 views   English (US)
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US Department of Energy report details finance options for PV systems in schools

A new U.S. Department of Energy report, “Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K-12 Schools,” details best practices for financing and installing photovoltaic systems on school buildings.

The report examines the two primary types of ownership models used to obtain PV installations for school administrators to use in selecting the best option for deploying solar technologies in their districts. The report focuses on financial options developed specifically for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Some highlights:

- A look at the direct-ownership option, which takes advantage of financing mechanisms such as general funds, bonds, construction funds, and grants.

- A review of the third-party finance model, including power purchase agreements and energy services performance contracts.

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