Archives for: July 2009


Permalink 07:35:25 pm, by mleslie Email , 54 words, 337 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

New Criteria for Relocatable (i.e. portable) Classrooms Released

July 29, 2009 (San Francisco) - The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has released the 2009 Edition of its high performance rating Criteria for Relocatable Classrooms. This innovative resource provides tools for manufacturers, school districts and design teams to specify, build and acquire high performance relocatable classrooms. Click on the headline to link to the download site.


Permalink 07:20:10 am, by mleslie Email , 115 words, 217 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Administrative Review To Begin At Toronto District School Board

Toronto - July 17, 2009 - The accommodation review process at the Toronto District School Board for Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute will be examined. Dave Cooke, a former Ontario Education Minister, has been appointed as independent facilitator to lead this administrative review to determine if the board followed its locally developed accommodation review process for Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute. He will consult with the local accommodation review committee, the school board and people who participated in the process.

Click on the headline to read this Ministry of Education press release. Toronto school enrolment dropped 9% between 2002 and 2008; and more than 40% since its peak in the mid-1970s. To read the Ministry's "accomodation review" guidelines click here.


Permalink 11:52:00 am, by mleslie Email , 71 words, 195 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Brampton French school a LEEDer in sustainability

Designed in a sweeping arc of glass and locally-sourced red brick, École secondaire Jeunes sans frontiéres is a French-language high school in Brampton and is notable as Ontario’s first LEED certified secondary school. Beyond providing a learning environment for the 675 students and their 52 teachers, the school is also outperforming expectations in energy and water savings.

Click on the headline to read this Daily Commercial News article by Judy Pryma.


Permalink 12:50:16 pm, by mleslie Email , 92 words, 213 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

20 Toronto public schools on chopping block

Toronto, ON - July 6, 2009 - Declining enrolment could force the closure of more than 20 public schools over the next two years, the Toronto District School Board's chairman confirmed to Sun Media. John Campbell said he expects either he or another trustee will make a motion at the board table early in the next school year to create up to 20 Accommodation Review Committees (ARCs) -- groups which the provincial government requires to be created as a first step in closing or consolidating schools.

Click on the headline to read Moira Macdonald's article from the Toronto Sun.

Build Green

These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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