Archives for: September 2009


Permalink 08:39:02 pm, by mleslie Email , 119 words, 213 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Runnymede Public School Centennial Committee Report

From 1996 to 2009, our children attended Runnymede Public School in the westend Toronto neighbourhood called Bloor West Village, from which both have now graduated. Between 1998 and last week, it was my privilege to serve as either a member, committee chair, or both on the Runnymede Public School Council. And in the year ending September 22nd I chaired the newly formed Centennial Committee .... Runnymede is one of the largest elementary schools in Toronto's public system and has been since the 1930s - its enrolment consistently ranging over the last 75 years between 1,000 and 1,500 students. Please click on the headline to read the annual report of the Runnymede Public School Centennial Committee. Its work continues until the grand 100th birthday celebrations - the date TBA!


Permalink 12:46:16 pm, by mleslie Email , 113 words, 226 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Game on! Rooftop athletic facility a home run

September 14, 2009(Building Design and Construction)- The final touches are being put on the highly-anticipated Union City (NJ) High School just in time to welcome students back to school the first week of September. What awaits them is a learning environment unlike any other in terms of size, style and amenities .... The truly unique element of the school is most certainly the rooftop athletic facility, which is located atop the two-story section of the high school. Over three acres of artificial turf provides for a regulation-sized high school baseball field, a soccer/football field, a grandstand area that accommodates 2,100 spectators, locker rooms, and a concession stand.
Click on the headline to view the article.


Permalink 09:29:53 pm, by mleslie Email , 84 words, 211 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

US Green Building Council Works to Ignite Change Across America with Green Schools Campaign

Washington, DC – September 15, 2009 – As school doors across the US open for the new school year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is set to launch year three of its National Green Schools Campaign, a broad-based initiative involving policy makers, teachers, parents and students who want to substantially improve the indoor environmental quality of America’s schools, along with making them more energy efficient, water efficient and resource efficient. A "Coalition for Green Schools" has been announced. Click on the headline to read more .....


Permalink 06:57:07 am, by mleslie Email , 68 words, 396 views   English (US)
Categories: Greening Schools

Back-to-school green resources

Today is the first day of school for children in my part of the world (Toronto, Ontario), and to mark the occasion here is a list of resources from the US National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities that examine the impact of "green" schools on learning. To learn more about the NCEF itself, which is housed at the US National Institute of Building Sciences, please click on the headline.


Permalink 08:38:01 am, by mleslie Email , 88 words, 226 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

New ASTM Sustainability Subcommittee Involves Students

Sustainable development considers the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, according to ASTM E2114, Terminology for Sustainability Relative to the Performance of Buildings, a standard under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability. And that consideration of future generations — who have a vested interest in the world they will inherit — accounts for the decision to establish Subcommittee E60.95 on Student Liaison and Affairs within Committee E60. Please click on the headline to read the full article.

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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