Archives for: August 2012


Permalink 08:21:04 am, by mleslie Email , 40 words, 249 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

How energy efficient is your school? Take the SOS Challenge to find out

Carbon offsetting company is launching a new initiative to help schools diagnose their energy efficiency needs. Here, company founder, Stuart Smith, outlines his vision for the project and how it could help bring schools, students and communities together


Permalink 07:10:34 am, by mleslie Email , 91 words, 384 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Bio-wall at Centennial College library more than ‘pretty plants’

by Brenda Dalglish - A wall of lush tropical plants soars four storeys above the atrium of the Centennial College Library and Academic Facility at the Progress campus of the Ontario college.

Even on a scorching summer morning in Toronto, groups of students cluster around almost every table and fill the casual seating balconies on upper floors that project out in front of the wall. But it takes a few minutes in the space to become conscious of another attractive, but rare, feature in this school building: the refreshing air quality.


Permalink 07:43:01 am, by mleslie Email , 62 words, 166 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

American Institute of Architects recognizes 15 projects with the 2012 CAE Educational Facility Design Award

Washington, D.C. – August 15, 2012 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 15 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities.


Permalink 01:52:37 pm, by mleslie Email , 113 words, 243 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Interviews: Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning

by Torrey Sims - School design is crucial in order to accommodate the changing needs of students, staff and teachers. Architects have been working side-by-side with school officials to deliver spaces that provide the best opportunities for student learning. With new technologies and innovative teaching methods, classroom spaces have become more than just desk-filled rooms. These new classroom designs feature flexible learning spaces that have the ability to take student learning to the next level. I sat down with two well-known and experienced architects to get their thoughts on designing schools for 21st century learning and saw a trend that will hopefully only increase as more schools launch new construction and renovation projects.


Permalink 08:37:18 am, by mleslie Email , 166 words, 241 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

State Legislators Celebrate Green Schools While Paying Tribute to One of the Movement’s Greatest Champions

by Nathaniel Allen, August 10, 2012 - Earlier this week, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council co-hosted a reception at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) alongside the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) to celebrate the impressive growth of green schools policy activity. More than 80 related bills across 28 states have been considered in state legislatures just this year. Additionally, 28 of these bills have been signed into law, and more may still be on the way. Surely these are stats worth celebrating.

This year’s monumental progress is enumerated in a report released at the reception, which drew together approximately 50 lawmakers and members of the NGO community. The report highlights the variety of ways that legislators are using their pen to help make green schools for all within this generation a reality. From appropriating funds for school upgrades, to standards around new school construction, to improved operations and maintenance best practices, the report showcases tried-and-tested policy ideas and fresh, new approaches.

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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