Archives for: January 2013


Permalink 06:46:07 pm, by mleslie Email , 123 words, 262 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB maintenance contract debate swirls

by Kelly Lapointe (DCN) - The Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) rollover of its contract with the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council (MCSTC) is not as exclusive as some have been led to believe, says a council spokesman. “Really, at the TDSB there is a great deal of work being done. The vast majority of it and the biggest sums of money of it are tendered by the board to independent, non-union and union. There is a significantly strong culture at the board of contracting out lots of work,” said MCSTC spokesman Ross Parry. Parry says that 80 per cent of the construction work at TDSB is already contracted out. He said MCSTC employees are guaranteed a minimum of $1.5 million of work.


Permalink 07:08:56 pm, by mleslie Email , 123 words, 336 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Contractors See Growth in Green Schools Market

By Harvey M. Bernstein and Donna Laquidara-Carr - Research recently conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction among contractors working on school projects demonstrates strong growth in green education projects. To qualify for the study, contractors had to have completed new construction or major renovation or improvement projects at K–12 schools or higher-education institutions.

Of the more than 100 contractors that qualified for the study, 83% have done new or major-renovation green-school projects in the last three years, and 79% have done some green retrofits and operational improvements. During this period, the contractors performed a higher percentage of green new-construction and renovation work, with 22% of them reporting that 60% or more of their major new work is green, compared to only 11% reporting the same level of green retrofits and renovations.


Permalink 10:17:33 am, by mleslie Email , 163 words, 251 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Center for Green Schools at USGBC Announces Best of Green Schools 2012 List

Washington, Jan. 16, 2013 - The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council today announced its second annual "Best of Green Schools" list, which recognizes top educational institutions and individuals across the country for embracing environmental initiatives.

"Year after year we continue to be blown away by the ingenuity and innovation of communities across the country and around the world," said Rachel Gutter , director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "In these challenging economic times, we've seen an impressive commitment on the part of schools, communities and leaders to make the places where our children learn healthy and safe, and put money back into the classrooms where it belongs."

The Best of Green Schools 2012 list highlights schools, districts, individuals and communities working toward the common goal of healthy, high-performing learning places for all. The Best of Green Schools 2012 list recognizes the hard work being done across the country and to honor the heroes and shining examples of our movement.


Permalink 07:09:04 am, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 236 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Haliburton County set to get new library in 2013, built by Fleming College students

Haliburton, Ontario - Fleming College's Sustainable Building Design and Construction program is partnering with the Municipality of Highlands East to build a new library in 2013.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with Fleming College and anticipate a unique sustainable building in Highlands East that we can all be proud of for many years to come,” said Reeve Dave Burton.


Permalink 09:57:40 am, by mleslie Email , 110 words, 248 views   English (UK)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Shining a light on solar power and renewable energy in your classroom

by Julia Clarke - We all know that we should switch the lights off or remember to take the recycling out, even at school. In fact I think paper bins in classrooms have become pretty standard practice. This is great, but at our school we take pride in taking this to another level. We don't want pupils to recycle or flick off a switch just out of routine or habit; we want them to understand why it's important and to feel inspired and proud to be taking action that makes our school a greener place.

Julia Clarke is the deputy headteacher of the Prince of Wales Primary School, Enfield, UK.

Permalink 09:55:10 am, by mleslie Email , 63 words, 1779 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Simcoe County District School Board lauded for energy efficiency

Ontario’s environmental commissioner has praised the Simcoe County District School Board for its efforts to increase energy efficiency in local schools. In his annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, released on Jan. 8, Gord Miller said more money could be spent on in-classroom education if the Ontario government and the province’s school boards improved their efforts to reduce their electricity and natural-gas bills.


Permalink 12:57:32 pm, by mleslie Email , 81 words, 250 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

Well-designed schools improve learning by 25 percent says new study

Dezeen Magazine - Well-designed classrooms can improve the academic performance of primary school pupils by 25 percent according to a new study undertaken by the University of Salford and UK architects Nightingale Associates.

The year-long study assessed seven schools in Blackpool, where researchers surveyed pupils about age, gender and performance in maths, reading and writing. They also evaluated classroom environments by measuring factors such as natural light, noise levels, temperature, air quality and classroom orientation, before comparing the two sets of data.

Permalink 12:38:11 pm, by mleslie Email , 57 words, 223 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Data on energy use by Ontario schools to be made public after call by watchdog

Hours after the release of a report by Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, the Ministry of Education said late Tuesday that data on schools’ energy use would be made public by July 1.

Ontario school boards could save a lot of money with conservation programs if the government would publicly release data on schools’ energy usage, Mr. Miller said.


Permalink 06:58:47 am, by mleslie Email , 69 words, 354 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

Perkins+Will Launches Sprout Space™, A New Approach to Modular Classrooms

Atlanta - Perkins+Will, leading international architecture and design firm and K-12 building experts for more than seventy-five years, announces the completion of construction of the first award-winning, modular Sprout Space™ classroom this month. Every aspect of the Sprout Space classroom was designed with the goal of enhancing student learning. The design incorporates green building strategies which eliminate energy costs, create a healthier learning environment, and reduce construction costs.


Permalink 02:17:49 pm, by mleslie Email , 99 words, 240 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

View Entries to 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The next event will take place Oct. 3–13, 2013, at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Click on the headline to view a YouTube stream that provides a walkthrough of all 20 entries .....

Permalink 02:12:37 pm, by mleslie Email , 30 words, 233 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Trends Report: New facilities enhance the quality of campus life

By Sue Bady, Contributing Editor - Colleges and universities are building state-of-the-art student unions, dining halls, and other non-academic buildings to enrich the campus experience, boost enrollment, and stay competitive.

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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