Archives for: November 2012


Permalink 11:01:51 am, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 174 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Special Report on Higher Education from Greenbuild 2012

by Amy McIntosh, Associate Editor, Raissa Rocha, Associate Editor, and Rob Cassidy, Editorial Director - Colleges and universities are among the most active players in the green building game, to the point where LEED Gold and even LEED Platinum are becoming de rigueur on campus. Recently, several academic institutions have moved to the head of the class with net-zero energy projects.


Permalink 02:14:15 pm, by mleslie Email , 56 words, 216 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

Green schools can bag up to £90,000 of energy saving kit in Liverpool newspaper contest

Merseyside schools are being urged to go to the top of the class and bag themselves up to £90,000 of energy-saving kit.

In partnership with British Gas Generation Green the ECHO is offering £45,000 worth of energy- saving efficiencies to a school with less than 500 pupils – and a prize worth £90,000 to a larger school with 500 pupils or more.


Permalink 09:05:32 am, by mleslie Email , 79 words, 219 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Star Editorial: Toronto public schools should sell unneeded playground land

It won’t end all the money problems blighting Toronto’s public schools, far from it. Selling off sections of 127 playgrounds can only provide a one-time injection of cash. And parents are sure to object — loudly, vigorously and with passion.

Still, it’s an approach that should go forward. Ontario is stuck with a nagging deficit. Public resources, and family budgets, are increasing stretched. So it’s vital that every available education dollar is gathered up and efficiently invested.


Permalink 07:36:03 pm, by mleslie Email , 41 words, 217 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Report into Toronto school’s overspending lays no blame and yields few answers

by Kate Hammer - A probe of cost overruns that plagued a Toronto school-rebuilding project – and helped push the province into freezing the public school board’s capital budget – found no responsibility and few lessons on how to avoid similar mistakes.


Permalink 12:55:04 pm, by mleslie Email , 97 words, 242 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Algonquin College Centre for Construction Excellence Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence has officially received LEED® Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

“The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence is a model of sustainable development,” says Algonquin College President Kent MacDonald. “The building functions as a living laboratory which supports the learning of our students in a way unlike any other postsecondary institution in Canada. We would like to thank all who assisted in its construction including EllisDon Corporation, Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., and Edward J Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc., and I commend our Physical Resources team for their leadership.”

Permalink 09:24:40 am, by mleslie Email , 68 words, 256 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

New carbon offset scheme to tackle emissions in London schools

By Jessica Shankleman - Businesses are being urged to invest in carbon offsets that will pay for energy efficiency improvements in London schools, under a pilot project backed by a coalition of green companies. The Green School Giving project will be launched this evening, led by a cohort of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and the London Borough of Merton.

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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