Archives for: October 2011

10/31/11

Permalink 08:12:59 am, by mleslie Email , 85 words, 207 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Cornell University's planned 'NYC Tech Campus' on Roosevelt Island

October 24, 2011 - Oriented toward the arc of the sun, Cornell's proposed New York City Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island will capture a large, daily dose of solar power and will use the Earth's generous internal, thermal power as an additional energy source. The main educational building, a home for the Cornell and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology partnership, is being planned to harvest as much energy from the campus site as it consumes: In the parlance of energy experts, it will be "net-zero energy."

10/30/11

Permalink 04:36:23 pm, by mleslie Email , 139 words, 220 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

US Department of Energy Issues Report on Financing Solar Photovoltaic Systems for K-12 Schools

October 20, 2011 - Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a report titled, "Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K-12 Schools," detailing best practices for financing and installing photovoltaic (PV) systems on school buildings. The Department also applauded the director of DOE's SunShot Initiative, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, who was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) during a ceremony at the organization's annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C., October 16th and 17th. Ramesh was elected for his contributions to the science and technology of functional complex oxide materials, which he has applied to his work advancing solar energy technologies. Membership in NAE is considered one of the highest honors in the engineering profession, and includes leaders in business, academia, and government.

To download the full report click here.

10/26/11

Permalink 08:46:26 am, by mleslie Email , 84 words, 226 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

A report on how universities and colleges might implement the 'Billion Dollar Green Challenge'

These notes were taken by Sam Hummel on October 12th during a session of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education that addressed methods of implementing the Billion Dollar Green Challenge .....

Facing burdensome budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many colleges are grappling with how to finance urgently needed, but capital-intensive, energy efficiency retrofits. In response to this need, the panel will advance the hypothesis that innovative investments in revolving loan funds can provide a viable and vital large-scale funding solution.

10/17/11

Permalink 07:12:13 pm, by mleslie Email , 138 words, 225 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

The New Jersey Sustainable Schools Project

Will retrofitting existing school buildings with clean energy technology benefit student achievement? Will it reduce operating costs, decrease tax dependency and provide more funding for the classroom?

These questions will be the focus of the three-year New Jersey Sustainable Schools Project, conducted by the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC), a public non-profit service agency, and underwritten by a grant awarded Sept. 23 by the Alliance for Competitive Energy Services (ACES), a statewide energy-buying cooperative for public schools, coordinated by the New Jersey School Boards Association.

“The New Jersey Sustainable Schools Project will assess the financial benefit of converting older schools to green energy, the contribution of a healthier physical environment to student achievement and the opportunities in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that a green school can provide students,” explained Marie S. Bilik, NJSBA executive director.

10/13/11

Permalink 08:36:12 am, by mleslie Email , 175 words, 232 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

How to Green Schools? Make It Someone's Job

by Jenna McKnight, GreenSource Magazine - Last year, the USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools, which aims to make schools across the nation more sustainable on all levels, from building design to facility management to curriculum development.

The fledgling center has made notable strides, introducing a number of initiatives and hosting various events. Its first big event was a Green Schools Summit in Sundance, Utah, where dozens of educators and civic leaders – along with the superstar Robert Redford -- gathered to discuss strategies for greening America’s schools. (Read our coverage!)

This summer, the center took another step forward by launching its Green Schools Fellowship, which places “sustainability officers” in public schools around the nation for paid, three-year terms. It hired its first two fellows this past summer: Phoebe Bieirle was chosen to work with Boston Public Schools, and Farah McDill was placed in the Sacramento City Unified School District. These two green gurus have immersed themselves in their assigned communities and are now working toward instituting sweeping changes throughout their respective school districts.

Permalink 08:33:48, by mleslie Email , 47 words, 227 views   English (EU)
Categories: News Updates

Carbon Detectives program for schools (a program of the European Commission)

Welcome to the European wide Carbon Detectives programme. This website and all its tools have been developed with support from the European Commission through its Intelligent Energy programme. As a school you simply need to register to gain full access to the programme and its supporting tools.

10/12/11

Permalink 03:04:00 pm, by mleslie Email , 129 words, 228 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

US DoE Announces Guide for 50% More Energy Efficient K-12 School Buildings

Washington, DC - October 12, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the release of the second installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). This latest guide will help architects, engineers, and contractors design and build highly efficient K-12 school buildings, saving taxpayer dollars. The 50% AEDG series provides a practical approach to designing schools and other major commercial building types that achieve 50% energy savings compared to the commercial building energy code used in many parts of the nation. These commercial building guides support President Obama’s goal to reduce energy use in commercial buildings 20% by 2020 and will help drive demand for energy-saving products made in the United States. The Advanced Energy Design Guide for 50% energy savings in K-12 schools is now available for download.

10/05/11

Permalink 07:14:30 am, by mleslie Email , 146 words, 240 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB October EcoSchools Newsletter

Press Release - The EcoSchools central team is in full action presenting the annual fall kick-off events to inform and inspire--and be informed and inspired by!--our dedicated EcoTeams. Some elementary teachers have had the special experience of seeing their former students now in leadership roles at their high schools, a welcome reminder of how a teacher's influence continues to spread! Questions from the "parking lots" at each kick-off are forwarded to our communications team and will be posted in Academic Workspace as soon as we find the answers! Some are there already--check it out! For sheer fun, try WWF's "Find your inner animal" --you may be surprised at what you are! Finally, many news items that follow have an October registration date, so if you are looking for stimulating opportunities to enrich your curriculum NOW, this isn't an issue to put aside for later reading!

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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