Archives for: April 2013


Permalink 02:05:53 pm, by mleslie Email , 81 words, 306 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

New report - Linking Performance & Experience: An Analysis of Green Schools

This study was conducted on a national sample of 12 green schools and illustrates the positive impacts of green school design. The schools participating in the study were designed with sustainability in mind, but had not been evaluated for the design effectiveness or the long-term impact on operations. Cost and utility data were collected for each sample school and compared to national and regional benchmarks. In addition, teachers and maintenance staff at each school were questioned to identify common perceptions and observations.

Permalink 07:55:13 am, by mleslie Email , 39 words, 329 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

In Ohio, schools reap benefits of energy-efficiency push

by Kathiann M. Kowalski - Ohio leads the nation in energy-efficient LEED schools, saving millions of dollars on energy costs statewide. And cash-strapped districts are hoping voters appreciate those financial benefits as they make their cases for levy approvals.


Permalink 07:45:28 am, by mleslie Email , 111 words, 301 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Happy Earth Day! Here's a teaching unit on Materials and the Environment

This topical area examines environmental concerns regarding forests in the context of trends in population and economic growth nationally and worldwide. Examination of forest issues in a larger context than is often considered leads students to a broader understanding of the issues involved, and leads to consideration of a wider, and different, set of possible approaches to problem solving. The presentations (available in PowerPoint and PDF formats) contain colorful graphics and statistics about U.S. and global population growth, economic growth, raw material consumption patterns, and information about environmental life cycle analysis. A number of background materials are also provided below to support investigation of the "Materials and the Environment" presentations.


Permalink 03:42:20 pm, by mleslie Email , 96 words, 281 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Seattle school certified as world's fourth Living Building

Seattle, WA - Bertschi School, an independent elementary school in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Wash., is now home to the first Living Building on the West Coast and the world’s fourth fully-certified Living Building. Completed in February 2011, Bertschi’s Living Building Science Wing is a 3,380 square foot interactive learning environment for students ages 5-11. It is the first built project to meet the standards of version 2.0 of the Living Building ChallengeSM, a green building certification program which integrates urban agriculture, social justice and universal access issues, and the use of healthy building materials.


Permalink 07:45:38 am, by mleslie Email , 55 words, 322 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto school board seeks tighter control over maintenance costs

by Kate Hammer and Stuart A. Thompson - The Toronto District School Board is reviewing the way it maintains its school buildings – including the oversight of routine plumbing, carpentry and repair work – in an effort to curb costs in the face a $3-billion maintenance backlog and a budget crunch that has led to staff cuts.


Permalink 05:10:33 pm, by mleslie Email , 49 words, 254 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

5 Unusual Ideas for 'Greening' a School

by Amanda Erickson, The Atlantic - Right now, 60 million American kids make their way each day to an elementary, middle or high school. A quarter of those students - 14 million - attend class in "deteriorating" public schools with "falling ceiling tiles, leaking roofs, and moldy walls" among other indignities.

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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