Archives for: February 2010


Permalink 04:30:15 pm, by mleslie Email , 341 words, 223 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Schools for the Future: A 10-Year Facility Infrastructure Plan for the TDSB

In Toronto, ARC reviews are now underway and school communities are in need of good balanced research. This environmental scan by TDSB board staff is an excellent starting point. Please click on the headline to be directed to the full 65 page report, which begins ....

"Everything that the TDSB does as an organization, all of our programs and services, revolve around one thing — our students. In the same way, the lives of our students revolve around one place — our schools.

What is a school? First and foremost, it is a place of learning. But on a practical level, it is a facility that has to be operated and maintained like any other. The TDSB has 558 operating schools, on 542 sites, along with 111 other facilities. Not many organizations have to deal with so many buildings.

Long ago, schoolhouses were one-room buildings, sparsely furnished. Windows allowed light, a pot-bellied stove gave heat, and students sat on hard benches — not the best learning conditions, but the structures themselves were simple enough.

Today, ensuring that our schools are well used, well maintained, and encourage student success is a complex, essential — and expensive — job. In the effort to do that job right, today and into the future, the TDSB faces many challenges, financial and otherwise. But we have the obligation, and the opportunity, right now, to make sure that our facilities meet our changing and long-term demands.

This environmental scan presents some of the major challenges before us, and the context in which decisions about our infrastructure must be made. In looking at our student data, school conditions, forecast conditions, community use, facility funding, public perception and the political
environment, we have tried to lay out the data and trends in as clear a way as possible, letting the facts and figures speak for themselves.

With this “state of the union” in hand, the TDSB can better review its approach to facilities, anticipate challenges, and make informed decisions about the plans and strategies needed to ensure the success of our schools — and the students who learn in them".


Permalink 08:54:32 pm, by mleslie Email , 87 words, 276 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto District School Board Releases Green Action Plan

February 16, 2010 - The TDSB has released a "Green Action Plan" that includes:

• Developing a strategic energy plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, beating national average targets
• Designing and installing solar photovoltaic systems on 20 schools per year
• Collaborating with the City of Toronto to develop a community energy plan
• Developing school grounds as community energy hubs and food and market gardens
• Switching all schools and offices to once-a-week garbage pick up
• Establishing a Community Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability

Click on the headline to download the plan.

Permalink 02:04:18 pm, by mleslie Email , 31 words, 264 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

AIA Asks for Federal Commitment to 21st Century Schools

On Thursday, February 11th the American Institute of Architects went to Capital Hill in Washington, DC with its proposal for "21st Century Schools". Click on the headline to read their brief.

Permalink 07:29:54 am, by mleslie Email , 29 words, 381 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

Praise for Britain's top 1,000 green schools

February 12, 2010 - Over 1,000 schools in England have now won a "Green Flag Award". The award is the highest achievement in the eco-schools programme. Click on headline to read the release.


Permalink 06:58:45 am, by mleslie Email , 29 words, 200 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Ontario Ministry of Education Supports TDSB Accomodation Review Process

February 1, 2010 - Ontario Deputy Minister of Education Kevin Costante has written Chris Spence, TDSB Director of Education, to support the board's accomodation review process. Click on headline to read letter.


Permalink 07:51:42 am, by mleslie Email , 71 words, 249 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Catholic school board getting greener

Alliston Herald - February 9, 2010 - The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is working to further its commitment to green schools. For more than 16 years the board has had a recycling program in partnership with the Simcoe County District School Board. The in-house recycling is run by board staff and trucks owned by the school boards. Simcoe County now wants to help with the boards' recycling efforts. Click on headline to read article.

Permalink 07:49:41 am, by mleslie Email , 69 words, 214 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Creator of Innovative Green Thermostat Poised for High Growth with Awarding of $1.7 Million Ontario School Boards Projects

Markham, ON – You may have gold in your hand, but if you don’t know how to sell it, it doesn’t do you any good. That’s how Hugues de Milleville describes the experience of trying to take his company, Log-One Ltd. – creator of intelligent Green Thermostats™ and energy management systems for school boards and multi-unit residential buildings – to the next level. Click on headline to read article.


Permalink 07:19:30 am, by mleslie Email , 76 words, 242 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

50 Big Ways that Schools Are Going Green

Associate Degree, February 7, 2010 - Despite budget cuts at schools across the nation, colleges are still making the move to become greener, more sustainable institutions. And why not? College students have shown that it’s something that’s important to them when choosing a college. Here are 50 schools that have taken on some projects, both large and small, to lower their carbon footprint, reduce waste and teach students about ecological issues. Click on the headline for full text.

Permalink 07:16:37 am, by mleslie Email , 63 words, 224 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Board chair eyes sale of head office

by Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star - Could Toronto's public school board be on the move? Chair Bruce Davis says its head offices at 5050 Yonge St. – north of Sheppard Ave. at Mel Lastman Square – "have significant development potential and I would very much like to see us release this value so that we can invest necessary resources" into schools. Click on headline for full article.


Permalink 09:59:24 am, by mleslie Email , 58 words, 249 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Build Green Schools is now on Twitter!

Social media - like this blog - are a popular method of communication. Now that Build Green Schools is entering its fourth year, it's probably a good idea to freshen up the look a bit so we'll also be on Twitter. Click on the headline to connect, or visit . Our user name is greenschools_ca


Permalink 10:22:51 am, by mleslie Email , 105 words, 326 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

School Buildings as Learning Tools

Two thirds of the British public think refurbishing and extending the UK's old schools is more environmentally friendly than demolishing and rebuilding, according to a survey carried out by English Heritage. In the survey, 83 per cent of respondents thought local councils should do more to find new uses for old, empty schools, and almost half thought schools with historic character provide a more inspiring educational environment than modern ones. Three in four said historic schools contribute to the identity of a local area. The survey coincided with the launch of two publications by the heritage body. Click on the headline to see the online tools.

Permalink 08:34:19 am, by mleslie Email , 27 words, 222 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB Seeks Approval for $53 million Capital Loan

The TDSB will seek approval at its February 3rd meeting for more than $53 million in capital loans. Click on the headline for the text of the motion.

Permalink 08:23:06 am, by mleslie Email , 86 words, 230 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

Thirty six zero carbon schools planned for England

London, UK - January 31, 2010 - Pilot green schools are planned for all English regions as part of the implementation of a newly published government Zero Carbon Task Force report. Four zero-carbon schools will be built in each of the nine regions of England by 2016, under plans unveiled last week. (Click on the headline for the text of the official release).
However, the Minister also admitted that the UK government has missed its self-imposed tareget:

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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