Archives for: September 2011


Permalink 10:03:30 am, by mleslie Email , 34 words, 538 views   English (US)
Categories: Greening Schools

Earth Day Network launches Green Schools Leadership Center

Earth Day Network has just launched the Green Schools Leadership Center which provides educators and students with the tools necessary to support environmental literacy, and to share green school resources and success stories nationwide.


Permalink 08:25:18 am, by mleslie Email , 94 words, 322 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Walden school enviably green in Sudbury

by Laura Stradiotto - The Sudbury Star - One of the country's most environmentally advanced buildings is just a hop, skip and jump from your doorstep.

Walden Public School held its grand opening Wednesday, although students are completing their second full year of school in the facility.

The green school is being featured as one of Canada's most environmentally friendly buildings at a sustainable buildings conference in Helsinki, Finland, in October.

The Walden elementary school is the Rainbow District School Board's second green school in the district, the first being Valley View Public School.


Permalink 02:43:39 pm, by mleslie Email , 212 words, 277 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

The White House - Fact Sheet: Repairing and Modernizing America's Schools

Washington, DC - September 13, 2011 - Today, President Obama submitted to Congress the American Jobs Act, a bill designed to jumpstart economic growth and job creation. Tomorrow, the President will visit the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio to highlight his proposal to put workers back on the job by rebuilding and modernizing schools across the country. This report details the benefits of this program for each state as well as the 100 largest high-need public school districts which will receive funds directly.

The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools. This investment will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs. It also includes a priority for rural schools and dedicated funding for Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools. Funds can be used for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, greening and energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and to upgrade the technology infrastructure in our schools. The President is also proposing a $5 billion investment in modernizing community colleges (including tribal colleges), bolstering their infrastructure in this time of need while ensuring their ability to serve future generations of students and communities.


Permalink 06:53:17 am, by mleslie Email , 75 words, 281 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Univ. of Calgary students design net-zero energy home

by Kelly LaPointe - A rounded form is just one of the many unique features in the University of Calgary’s eco-house, an entry in the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon 2011. The 1,000-square-foot structure was a collaborative effort by University of Calgary students from various faculties, such as environmental design, engineering and Treaty 7 First Nations of Southern Alberta, to build a durable net-zero solar powered home that addresses issues in Aboriginal housing.


Permalink 08:27:11 am, by mleslie Email , 146 words, 452 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

High Performance Prefab Classrooms

By Ariel Dekovic - Relocatable and portable classrooms are often thought of as a necessary but not ideal part of the school building landscape. Communities and schools across the nation have turned to portable, factory-built buildings as a fast solution to critical housing and classroom shortages. However, as necessary as they may be, portable buildings have often gotten a bad rap.

“The main problem with portable classrooms is while they are designed and built to be temporary, they rarely are,” said Bill Orr, executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), a national non-profit organization with a mission to make schools a better place to learn. “However, attitudes are changing. The new driver for prefabricated classrooms is the need for more cost-effective, time-efficient delivery methods, and we need make sure we hold these buildings to the same high performance standard as traditional school buildings.”

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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