Archives for: April 2012


Permalink 08:17:41 am, by mleslie Email , 37 words, 237 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges

April 17, 2012 - The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have teamed up yet again to release the third annual edition of the unique, free guidebook saluting the nation's most environmentally responsible green colleges.

Permalink 08:15:24 am, by mleslie Email , 15 words, 266 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Read the Toronto District School Board 'EcoSchools' Guide to Preparing for Certification

Getting ready for your audit: The really big EcoSchools certification “look-fors” .... Click on the headline.


Permalink 10:15:11 am, by mleslie Email , 52 words, 260 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Ontario Building Code Reference Guide for Wood Use in Schools

The province of Ontario boasts an important inventory of publically funded school buildings - 4,900 of them. Wood-frame construction is an important construction option for school buildings, as well as an important choice toward meeting a sustainable future. This 62 page guide was prepared by the Ontario WoodWORKS! program and the Canadian Wood Council.


Permalink 07:30:08 am, by mleslie Email , 139 words, 232 views   English (UK)
Categories: Individual school case studies

New UK school adds solar panels & geo-thermal heating to help fund pupils' learning

Scunthorpe, UK - April 2, 2012 - A new school in North Lincolnshire will use cost-saving green technology to plough more money into educating children.

The new Westcliffe Primary and Infant School, built on the playing fields of the old school in Scunthorpe's Westcliff estate, is packed with energy efficient technology.

The site will be unveiled in a handover on Friday, March 30, and the pupils will transfer from the old school to the new one after the Easter break.

The £5.5-million build is using two types of renewable technology, solar panels and ground source heat pumps (GSHP), meaning that 50 per cent of the total energy used will come from sustainable sources.

A total of 317 solar panels have been installed, which will generate enough energy to power the GSHP, which uses pipes buried in the ground to extract heat from the earth.


Permalink 02:35:05 pm, by mleslie Email , 100 words, 327 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Toronto Star editorial: Time for Toronto to close some schools

The Toronto District School Board serves the largest and most diverse student body in Canada. It faces all kinds of financial challenges and yet still manages to offer innovative education programs.

But the school board is also a pack rat — and that, increasingly, is contributing to its problems. It hangs on to far too many half-empty schools that it can’t afford because they might be useful someday. Keeping these schools open is certainly easier for trustees than battling with parents and local communities over which ones to close, but it wastes scarce education dollars. This can’t go on.

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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