Archives for: October 2009

10/27/09

Permalink 07:09:34 am, by mleslie Email , 65 words, 216 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

New TDSB Director Chris Spence: "A Vision of Hope"

On Wednesday October 28th Chris Spence - the TDSB's new Director of Education - will present his plan for Canada's largest school board that includes: development of school grounds as host sites for "community energy hubs",installation of photovoltaic arrays on a minimum of 20 schools each year, expansion of the current TDSB "EcoSchool" program, and many other innovative proposals. Click on the headline to download Spence's presentation.

Permalink 07:04:29 am, by mleslie Email , 37 words, 205 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

It's time to teach parents the benefits of closing half-empty schools

Globe and Mail - October 27, 2009 by Marcus Gee: While smaller schools can have a cozy feel, we should reject the 'romantic notion that a smaller school is a more welcoming school' ..... Click on headline to read the column.

10/26/09

Permalink 07:54:16 pm, by mleslie Email , 49 words, 243 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

New board director eyes school closings

Toronto Star - October 24, 2009 - Faced with the loss of 20,000 students over the next decade, Canada's largest – but rapidly shrinking – school board must start the controversial process of closing and merging schools as early as September 2011, says a report to go before trustees next week. Click on headline to read article ....

10/12/09

Permalink 09:44:48 pm, by mleslie Email , 73 words, 231 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

School board awaits go on green projects

Peel District School Board is working with other school boards on proposals involving use of rooftop solar panels, solar walls, cooling tower water treatment and programmable lighting controls. This Brampton Guardian article describes how one school board has pursued this provincial initiative. Please click on the headline to read the article.

Ontario's "Green Schools Pilot Initiative" closed applications in the Spring, but is now about to release funds under several different program types.

10/04/09

Permalink 06:34:19 pm, by mleslie Email , 119 words, 210 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Sustainable Buildings as Teaching Tools: 4 Strategies for Integrating Buildings into Experiential Learning

BD+C, September 25, 2009 (Tony Alfieri, AIA) - Last fall, at the groundbreaking for a new science building at Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y., the Provost invited the crowd of dignitaries, press, students, faculty, and researchers present to learn more about the inner workings of the sustainable building after the presentations concluded. A series of panels describing the systems and design of the building covered a nearby stretch of construction fence. When the event concluded, it was the students that rushed over to the panels, pointing at the diagrams, discussing them with their classmates, and taking pictures with their camera phones.

Click on the headline to read the BD+C article on how to integrate buildings into experiential learning.

Build Green Schools.ca

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 www.mleslie.com). You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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