Archives for: February 2012


Permalink 06:12:14 pm, by mleslie Email , 136 words, 298 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance: A Call for Research (Video & Podcast)

The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), today released a new white paper entitled, “The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance: A Call for Research,” at the 2nd Annual Green Schools National Conference in Denver, CO. The Green Schools Conference is dedicated to growing green schools across the nation. The new white paper, co-authored by Lindsay Baker, Researcher, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley (on behalf of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC) and Harvey Bernstein, Vice President, Industry Insights & Alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, sheds light on the critical need for research around how the school building—through its design, maintenance and operations—impacts the health and performance of the students in those buildings (continued) .....

Permalink 06:10:34 pm, by mleslie Email , 136 words, 271 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Greening Our Schools: Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Green School National Network Conference

Denver, CO - February 28, 2012 - Thank you for that generous introduction, Tom [Boasberg]. You're doing a great job, and Denver is lucky to have you as their leader, promoting the green movement here. I want to thank as well my green schools team leaders at the Department, John McGrath and Andrea Falken, who are here with me today.

It's great to be back in Denver—and to be talking about a subject that I think is so important but often doesn't get the attention it deserves.

In many ways, today's conference represents a coming of age for the green movement in our nation's schools. It marks a turning point. For too long, greening our schools, developing environmental literacy, and nurturing stewardship and an ethic of sustainability in our students have been after-thoughts in education debates (continued) .....


Permalink 12:23:35 pm, by mleslie Email , 42 words, 261 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Case Study: North Toronto Collegiate Institute

This major redevelopment project was made possible through a very unique and innovative transaction between the Toronto District School Board and Tridel Builders, and designed to leverage construction funding for a replacement school facility by integrating it with a new residential development.

Permalink 12:21:45 pm, by mleslie Email , 78 words, 256 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Case Study: Brighouse Elementary School

Samuel Brighouse Elementary School is a replacement K-7 school located in a single-family neighbourhood in Richmond, BC. Construction of the new school followed a seismic analysis of the existing structure, which determined that upgrading to current code standards was not economically feasible and that deconstruction of all but the gymnasium was the most practical approach to renewal. Accommodating an enrolment of 505 students, the two-storey 4,777-square-metre structure includes classrooms, administration space, a library, community space, and a renovated gymnasium.

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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