Archives for: June 2012

06/28/12

Permalink 11:34:38 am, by mleslie Email , 107 words, 245 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2012 Issue - School Case Studies

Teaching for the Future

High Tech High Chula Vista is organized into neighborhoods to promote team teaching as well as provide a sense of ownership and place. Novel approaches such as this help the charter school get results. One-hundred percent of the culturally diverse school’s graduates have been admitted to college. Students and faculty contribute to the school’s ongoing sustainability and sense of community by participating in carpooling, on-site recycling, composting and vermiculture. Extensive daylighting and a hybrid ventilation system contribute to an annual energy use index of 23.8 kBtu/ft2 and an ENERGY STAR rating of 94. Factory-made modular components reduced construction time, costs and waste.

Permalink 10:19:35 am, by mleslie Email , 79 words, 242 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Solar panels at LAUSD schools convert Valley's blazing sun into energy

by Barbara Jones - When triple-digit temperatures hit Woodland Hills this summer, Alma Aguirre isn't going to be thinking about her vehicle baking in the parking lot at Taft High, but the electricity generated by the solar panels covering the school's new carport.

The 492-kilowatt, $3.2 million solar carport at Ventura Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue is one of the first to be completed as Los Angeles Unified moves to reduce its utility bills by harnessing the San Fernando Valley's sunshine.

06/21/12

Permalink 06:33:15 pm, by mleslie Email , 164 words, 225 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto schools pay high prices for small jobs

by Moira Welsh and Kevin Donovan - Here’s what taxpayers were charged for work done at Toronto public schools:

Installing a $17 pencil sharpener: $143 to put in four screws.

The installation of a sign on a school’s front lawn: $19,000

An electrical outlet on the wall in a school library: $3,000

A “breakfast club” kitchen: $250,000

When the librarian at the electrical outlet school saw the bill she hit the roof, wondering at “the number of books that could have been purchased with $3000.”

A Star investigation has found examples of charges that are out of whack with the amount of work done. The work in question was carried out by some of the 900-strong maintenance and construction trades people who have an exclusive contract with the Toronto District School Board. In the case of the electrical plug, the job took four hours, but taxpayers were billed 76 hours, which sources say was done to account for the time of idle workers who had no assignments that week.

Permalink 06:31:08 pm, by mleslie Email , 154 words, 250 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

School board's building repair costs are sky-high, but are taxpayers getting value for the millions spent?

by Moira Macdonald - One of the least-inspiring agendas at a school board — for those of us who find any of these things a source of excitement — is the one listing all the maintenance and construction contracts up for trustee approval.

You can get pages and pages of charts listing roof replacements and boilers, windows and chiller plants, along with the recommended companies and estimated costs. Riveting stuff, so to speak.

Of course people like me ought to pay attention — we’re talking tens of millions of dollars each year and every dollar spent making sure the roof doesn’t collapse means a dollar not spent in the classroom.

We need good facilities and good teaching both — and we ought to spend that money as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Which is why some Toronto District School Board trustees are asking:

Is the school board getting fleeced on its maintenance, repair and renovation costs?

06/20/12

Permalink 06:56:34 am, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 211 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Schoolyard sale? Toronto board looks to sell parts of playgrounds to raise cash

by Kristin Rushowy - Toronto’s public board is looking to sell off chunks of schoolyards to raise some much-needed cash. In a plan that goes before trustees at a meeting Wednesday night, trustees are being asked to give the go-ahead for board staff to examine every school across the city and report back in November on how many have land that could be severed and sold.

Permalink 06:54:03 am, by mleslie Email , 36 words, 240 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Algonquin Centre wins green innovation award

The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) at Algonquin College in Ottawa has won the Academic Leadership Award for green building innovation. The award was presented at the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) national conference.

06/19/12

Permalink 07:34:17 pm, by mleslie Email , 17 words, 268 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Architectural Record: K-12 Schools

This link will take you to Architectural Record magazine's archive of 60 K-12 school case studies, from 2006 to 2012.

06/18/12

Permalink 09:06:48 am, by mleslie Email , 78 words, 237 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

The Enlightened Classroom: School districts are using solar power to cut their energy bills - and cope with budget cuts

by Jim Carlton, The Wall Street Journal - Solar power has long been touted for its environmental impact. But now it has a new role: saving teachers' jobs. School districts across the country are turning to solar power to cut their electricity costs. With the money they're saving, they are able to retain more teachers and programs in the face of budget cuts. As a bonus, some schools are using solar installations to teach kids about renewable energy.

06/11/12

Permalink 08:52:51 am, by mleslie Email , 35 words, 370 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

Oregon's green portable classroom effort advances

by Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon - Portland State University is moving forward with its effort to build green portable classrooms with a finalized design and plans to build the first two prototypes this summer.

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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