Archives for: August 2016

08/23/16

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Debunking Common Myths Behind U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

by Andrea Suarez Falken - Five years ago, I was tasked with developing what came to be called U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS). You may have heard of it. The recognition award is now known for honoring sustainable schools annually.

What is a “green” or “sustainable” school, you ask? Well, we established a federal definition when we created the award. That federal education definition includes three broad areas that we call Pillars. Pillar I is ‘Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs‘, including waste, water, greenhouse gases, energy, and transportation. Pillar II is ‘Improving Health and Wellness‘, including physical activity, nutrition, and environmental health. Pillar III is ‘Teaching Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education.’

08/17/16

Permalink 07:35:45 am, by mleslie Email , 84 words, 105 views   English (CA)
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UPEI officially opens building for new sustainable design engineering school

by Gail Harding, CBC News - The new building for the School of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island has been officially opened. The 76,000 square-foot- building, which cost of $26 million, will house students and faculty of the program.

"Virtually every square inch this building was created to serve a unique aspect of the sustainable design engineering program," said Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. He added the building has only one traditional classroom and the remaining space is designed to support experiential learning.

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