Archives for: February 2011


Permalink 01:20:20 pm, by mleslie Email , 87 words, 269 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Bagley Classroom Forest Getaway: A classroom building brings an artistic touch to stringent efficiency standards

By Alanna Malone - Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) are fortunate to have access to Bagley Nature Area, a 55-acre parcel of land on the northwest portion of the campus that includes a pond, forest, ski and hiking trails, and open space. But while conducting research, observing wildlife, or absorbing the scenery, the students had no home base. To remedy this dilemma, the university commissioned local firm Salmela Architect to design a small LEED Platinum-certified classroom space on an existing clearing (an unused volleyball court).

Permalink 10:17:24 am, by mleslie Email , 51 words, 284 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Days Numbered for Midcentury-Modern School by The Architects Collaborative

By Christine Cipriani - Architectural Record - Among the many schools designed by The Architects Collaborative (TAC), the noted Cambridge firm cofounded by Walter Gropius, Wayland High School was an instant emblem of midcentury design and educational innovation when it opened in 1960. Now, its days are numbered.

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Permalink 12:59:07 pm, by mleslie Email , 57 words, 267 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Net Zero School Gets Sophisticated Solar

by Susan DeFreitas - Not long ago, we reported that construction had begun on the new net zero Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, Texas. Now the Irving Independent School District has announced it will be working with GridPoint to design, engineer and install the school’s 582 kilowatt solar panel system.

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Permalink 07:08:55 pm, by mleslie Email , 80 words, 414 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

LAUSD Enlists Top Architects to Design Green Modular Classrooms

by Laura Clapper - California is leading the country in green schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), one of the largest in North America, has launched a large-scale campus improvement effort to accommodate the growing student population. According to Good, LAUSD has enlisted the help of Hodgetts + Fung, Swift Lee Office and Gonzalez Goodale—all Los Angeles-based architectural firms—to design temporary green school classrooms that are as sustainable as they are functional.

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Permalink 02:24:34 pm, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 273 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto trustees just can’t let go: Sale of unneeded school properties is months behind schedule

by Moira MacDonald, Toronto Sun - News the Toronto District School Board finally approved the release of West Toronto Collegiate for sale earlier this month was touted by the board as a “large step forward” in its school consolidation and new building efforts. Good for them. Too bad they’re more than seven months behind schedule.

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Permalink 09:04:24, by mleslie Email , 45 words, 317 views   English (EU)
Categories: News Updates

Welcome to the Carbon Detectives (EU) Homepage

Welcome to the Europe-wide 'Carbon Detectives' programme for schools. This website and all its tools have been developed with support from the European Commission through its Intelligent Energy Europe programme.

Click on the headline to visit the UK site - one of ten that are available.


Permalink 09:25:53 am, by mleslie Email , 60 words, 266 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Texas Middle School Targets 'Net Zero Energy' with 582 KW Solar Plant

by David Nagel - This summer Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, part of Irving Independent School District in Texas, will go online with a new 582 kilowatt solar installation. The move is part of a plan to make the school the largest "net zero middle school in the United States," according to the district.

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Permalink 01:09:14 pm, by mleslie Email , 50 words, 310 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Catholic District School Board Undertakes Ambitious Capital Plan

January 31, 2011 - In an effort to ensure that students have good places to learn, the Toronto Catholic District School Board has undertaken an ambitious and challenging capital plan, which includes 16 additions to existing elementary schools to address growth of the population.

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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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