Archives for: June 2011


Permalink 07:33:06 am, by mleslie Email , 97 words, 216 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB June EcoSchools Newsletter - 400+ certified EcoSchools in 2011

TDSB Press Release - Every EcoSchools year is packed with activity. School teams work hard to achieve certification, pouring hundreds of hours of creativity and sheer determination into reaching their goals. Our auditors come back with stories that amaze and delight. For the first time, we'll certify more than 400 schools this year - 221 of them at the gold and platinum levels. What seemed impossible 10 years ago is actually happening. Learning to live sustainably on the planet is taking hold in more and more schools, and our understanding about what it means to be truly green is continuing to deepen.


Permalink 08:00:44 am, by mleslie Email , 102 words, 257 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB green energy program in danger

By Julia Manoukian - The Toronto District School Board has jumped on the green bandwagon with a long-term solution that seemingly kills two birds with one stone, but the upcoming provincial election could bring all this to a halt. Unveiled May 19, and born at Hillcrest Community School (44 Hilton Ave.), a groundbreaking partnership between the TDSB and AMP Solar Group Inc. would see solar panels installed on school roofs all across Toronto, and the energy generated sold to local consumers. The deal is believed to be the largest of its kind in North America, potentially worth $1.1 billion in green electricity over the 20-year contract.


Permalink 07:45:00 am, by mleslie Email , 11 words, 290 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Vermont Field House Becomes First Net-Zero Energy Secondary School Building in Nation

Take a virtual tour of the field house by starting here ....

Permalink 07:42:35 am, by mleslie Email , 81 words, 278 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

First Net-Zero School Building Helps Teach Students Value of Sustainability

The Putney School, a private high school in rural Vermont, has quietly staked its claim to the first and only net-zero, Platinum LEED certified school building in the country. The simple appearance of the school’s new – and much needed – field house belies not only some of the most innovative sustainable building design, but also represents a major step forward for the school – a mission founder Camelita Hinton began back in 1935. Simply put, to make each generation better than the last.


Permalink 10:52:38 am, by mleslie Email , 62 words, 281 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

American Institute of Architects recognizes 13 projects with the 2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Award

Washington, D.C. – June 2, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected13 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities.

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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