Archives for: June 2010

06/24/10

Permalink 08:24:30 pm, by mleslie Email , 56 words, 252 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Alberta commissions and builds 18 LEED schools in 20 months on P3 contract

June 24, 2010 - by Jean Sorensen - An Alberta construction team recently outlined how they designed, commissioned and built 18 LEED schools in Alberta, on a P3 contract, with a month to spare inside a 20-month timeline. The team was speaking at the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) national conference in Vancouver.

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Permalink 08:21:33 pm, by mleslie Email , 17 words, 241 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Public School Trustees Approve ARC Recommendations and Capital Budget Plan

Toronto, ON - June 24, 2010 – Toronto District School Board (TDSB) press release. Click on headline to read full text.

Permalink 08:19:35 pm, by mleslie Email , 86 words, 274 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto public school board votes to close 8 schools

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - Canada’s largest school board voted Wednesday to close eight elementary schools from 2011 to 2013 as a way to save money as enrolment plummets. It is the first cluster of closings by the Toronto District School Board since former premier Mike Harris brought in a funding formula that penalized school boards for unused space. The board loses about 4,000 students a year to falling birth rates and the 905, and has found itself with 110 half-empty schools.

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06/16/10

Permalink 11:20:22 am, by mleslie Email , 71 words, 262 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

BC to build hundreds of energy efficient classrooms to accomodate full-day kindergarten

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun - British Columbia will soon build hundreds of new classrooms to accommodate a flood of five-year-olds expected next year when full-day kindergarten is offered provincewide, the government announced Monday. The construction, worth more than $140 million, will include a new Langley school, 21 school additions and 133 modular classrooms, which are upscale portables described as offering "colourful, warm and naturally lit spaces."

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06/10/10

Permalink 02:35:36 pm, by mleslie Email , 110 words, 272 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Energy saving pays off for TDSB

by Tamara Cherry, Toronto Sun - By turning off computers across the city, thousands of children are helping big banks become carbon neutral. The Toronto District School Board announced a five-year transaction Wednesday that is expected to earn the board $1.7 million in exchange for reducing carbon footprints at nearly 250 schools across the city. The money comes from the Greening Canada Fund, an initiative created by the Toronto City Summit Alliance last year. It buys carbon credits from bodies such as the TDSB for the benefit of big-bank investors that want to become carbon neutral.

To read accompanying press release see: http://bit.ly/buF8X3

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06/07/10

Permalink 06:30:02 am, by mleslie Email , 69 words, 253 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Ontario’s green-schools program is money well spent

by Tyler Hamilton, The Toronto Star - That’s my initial impression of a government initiative that aims to equip more than 150 of the province’s schools with clean technologies from Ontario-based companies. There are more than two dozen Ontario clean technology ventures participating in the program, which is being jointly spearheaded by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Research and Innovation.

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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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