Archives for: March 2013


Permalink 03:50:34 pm, by mleslie Email , 114 words, 254 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Case study of Richardsville Elementary School: Richardsville, KY

How do you achieve a net zero school on a public school system budget? Rethink everything. To reduce energy consumption to an annual EUI of 18.2 kBtu/ft2, the school uses laptop computers, alternative methods to prepare lunches and building strategies such as dedicated outdoor air systems with dynamic reset. To obtain buy-in from the school district and state, a financial model was developed that compares the total energy cost savings of Richardsville to the total energy cost of a new school built to the latest energy code. Students can monitor the temperature of the geothermal system, solar energy recharging laptop batteries and the amount of rainwater collected and filtered through the site’s bioswales.

Permalink 06:44:24 am, by mleslie Email , 92 words, 250 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Winners of Student Competition to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings

Washington, DC - As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the DOE engages collegiate students through the Better Buildings Case Competition. This competition provides the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policymakers with skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generates creative solutions to real-world problems to be used as models by businesses and other organizations across the marketplace. Through the Better Buildings Case Competition, the DOE seeks creative and innovative solutions for energy efficiency that could be implemented by the commercial industry, thereby serving as "models for success".


Permalink 07:20:36 am, by mleslie Email , 35 words, 241 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

“Introduction to Energy” (Energy 101) Model Curriculum for colleges, universities, and community colleges

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), APLU and its partners have spent nearly a year developing the following one-semester “Introduction to Energy” (Energy 101) Model Curriculum for colleges, universities, and community colleges.

Permalink 07:15:22 am, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 237 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education

Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education identifies seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts to support each principle. The guide does not seek to identify all areas of energy understanding, but rather to focus on those that are essential for all citizens K-Gray. It presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.


Permalink 01:53:36 pm, by mleslie Email , 76 words, 258 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

“2013 State of Our Schools” Report from the Center for Green Schools at USGBC Calls for Immediate Examination of America’s School Facilities

Washington, DC - March 12, 2013 - The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its first “State of our Schools” report, highlighting the critical need to modernize school facilities to meet current health, safety and educational standards.

The report, featuring a foreword by former President Bill Clinton, states that schools are currently facing a $271 billion deferred maintenance bill just to bring the buildings up to working order – approximately $5,450 per student.


Permalink 09:07:37 am, by mleslie Email , 49 words, 259 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

York Region schools among continent’s greenest

York Region schools don’t mind being in the dark — literally — when it comes to energy conservation. The York Catholic District School Board has eight schools and the York Region District School Board, four, in Sustainable Schools’ recently released list of the top 20 energy performing schools in North America.


Permalink 08:20:57 am, by mleslie Email , 72 words, 248 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Schools & Universities Report Health & Productivity Benefits from Green School Efforts

New York, NY - February 27, 2013 - According to a new report released today by McGraw-Hill Construction entitled "New & Retrofit Green Schools-The Cost Benefits and Influence of a Green School on its Occupants", both K-12 and universities are reporting significant benefits from their green school efforts—both in improved child health, wellbeing and performance, but also teacher and faculty satisfaction. These results are accompanied by reported financial benefits from green school activities.


Permalink 11:54:48 am, by mleslie Email , 48 words, 247 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

"Greening" school custodial services

Jeff Hawkins is the director of custodial services for the Provo City School District in Provo, Utah. He spoke with Green Schools co-curator Sarah Leavitt about his award-winning work at Dixon Middle School for which he and his team recently received the Best Cleaning Industry Environmental Program Award.

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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