Archives for: November 2013

11/27/13

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International Coalition Launched to Promote Greener Schools

by Nadine M. Post - With the recent launch of the Global Coalition for Green Schools, the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council are putting a stronger-than-ever emphasis on supporting the design, construction and operation of sustainable schools. The coalition will work to reshape schools and "fundamentally change" the way students learn about the world around them, says the USGBC.

11/22/13

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New Global Coalition for Green Schools Formed

Philadelpia, PA - The Global Coalition for Green Schools came into being to create a powerful global force for ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn in a green school within this generation. It seeks to amplify the voices of the many national coalitions around the world who work tirelessly to make their schools healthy, safe and efficient.

11/19/13

Permalink 06:46:19 am, by mleslie Email , 114 words, 243 views   English (CA)
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School’s out – and reinvented spaces are in (repurposed schools)

by Jennifer Lewington, the Globe and Mail - Declining enrolment and rising costs have driven some Canadian school boards to sell surplus property, with aging neighbourhood schools among the inevitable casualties.

The search for new uses for a school, once closed, is fraught with complications: redevelopment restrictions, renovation costs and potential opposition from local residents.

But some non-profit groups and private developers are finding success in reimagining surplus schools as cultural centres, artist live-work, police stations and residential development. The effort, not without challenges, takes patience, innovative financing and collaboration between proponents and local residents.

Check out Artscape's repurposed Shaw Street School in Toronto.

Check out cSPACE Projects' repurposed King Edward School in Calgary.

11/18/13

Permalink 07:49:19 am, by mleslie Email , 102 words, 228 views   English (US)
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Net-zero movement gaining traction in U.S. schools market

by David Barista, Building, Design+Construction Magazine - Five years ago, when the net-zero energy building movement was starting to take hold in the U.S., it was unfathomable to think that budget-stretched school districts would consider investing in the high-performance systems and strategies necessary for achieving net-zero energy performance.

But coming out of the recession, still bruised and battered and in severe belt-tightening mode, school officials are beginning to take note. In the past few years, a number of net-zero or net-zero-ready K-12 school projects - both public and private - have come online. And dozens more are in the works.

Green School News

This news page has useful information for school communities about efforts to make buildings and schoolyards sustainable, high-performance and "green".

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