Archives for: February 2013


Permalink 06:48:44 am, by mleslie Email , 44 words, 456 views   English (CA)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

Aging portable classrooms pose problem for school boards

by Richard Cuthbertson - Calls for new schools to be built in the burgeoning suburbs is drawing a lot of public attention, but Calgary school boards are also facing a brewing infrastructure challenge of another kind with their sizable fleet of aging portable classrooms.

Permalink 06:18:54 am, by mleslie Email , 104 words, 249 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto District School Board - Capital Building Plan (revised November 21, 2012)

The Five Year Capital Building Program (also referred to as the Capital Plan or the plan) focuses on:
- The elimination of the Board’s capital deficit;
- Our anticipated accommodation and facility needs (e.g. enrolment growth, Full-Day Kindergarten, renewal);
- The costs of proposed accommodation solutions (e.g. additions, new construction);
- The provision of a funding strategy for new initiatives such as the K-12 Strategy, portable reduction/replacement; and
- The identification of offsetting-revenue streams (e.g. Ministry of Education funding for Full-Day Kindergarten and capital priorities combined with Board funding from proceeds of disposition [POD] from the sale of sites).


Permalink 08:31:30 am, by mleslie Email , 38 words, 281 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

School boards urged to find low-cost options (including portables) for full-day kindergarten

By Kristin Rushowy - School boards have been told to find low-cost options to make room for full-day kindergarten in a bid to save on construction costs for the final years of its rollout, the Star has learned.


Permalink 07:56:02 am, by mleslie Email , 66 words, 471 views   English (US)
Categories: Greening Schools

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology Offers Support for Development of Educational Materials, Courses on Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering support to qualified institutions interested in developing teaching materials and curricula that instruct students in the nature, role and importance of technical standards in modern society and commerce. The programs, which are expected to be funded in the range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years, could develop either undergraduate or graduate level curricula.


Permalink 11:16:53 am, by mleslie Email , 99 words, 265 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Coalition for Healthier Schools release new report: Towards Healthy Schools

Washington, DC - February 5, 2013 - Leaders of the national Coalition for Healthier Schools today presented a new national report, Towards Healthy Schools 2015, to the Obama Administration and Congress. The state by state data and policy report and analysis says “all school children should be considered at elevated risk of health and learning difficulties due solely to the unexamined and or unaddressed risks in their schools and the lack of public health services for children….” Also released was a letter to Congress signed by more than 75 organizations calling for funding US EPA’s children’s health and schools-related voluntary programs.


Permalink 09:28:42 am, by mleslie Email , 64 words, 242 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

U.S. National Building Museum Opens Green Schools Exhibition on March 3rd

Over 60 million Americans spend their days in K-12 school buildings. Ensuring that these students, faculty, and staff have a safe and healthy place to learn and work, and that the buildings conserve energy and water while remaining economical to build, are some of the most important issues facing educational leaders and city planners as they work to renovate older schools and build new structures.

Permalink 09:25:22 am, by mleslie Email , 25 words, 247 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Adopt a School - Introduce Students to the World of Architecture, Construction, and Engineering

The U.S. National Building Museum has launched a sponsorship program for District of Columbia Title I schools. Click on the headline for more information.

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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