Archives for: May 2011

05/13/11

Permalink 12:33:03 pm, by mleslie Email , 48 words, 366 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Hamilton and Halton area school boards use grants to go greeen

by Molly Hayes - The green initiatives springing up in schools have to do more than save money. They have to educate students. Government and private grants are funding a bumper crop of projects at Catholic and public boards in Hamilton and Halton to promote sustainability in the classroom.

05/09/11

Permalink 06:59:53 am, by mleslie Email , 129 words, 299 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toornto school board's building repair costs are sky-high, but are taxpayers getting value for the millions spent?

by Moira MacDonald - One of the least-inspiring agendas at a school board — for those of us who find any of these things a source of excitement — is the one listing all the maintenance and construction contracts up for trustee approval. You can get pages and pages of charts listing roof replacements and boilers, windows and chiller plants, along with the recommended companies and estimated costs. Riveting stuff, so to speak. Of course people like me ought to pay attention — we’re talking tens of millions of dollars each year and every dollar spent making sure the roof doesn’t collapse means a dollar not spent in the classroom. We need good facilities and good teaching both — and we ought to spend that money as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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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