Archives for: June 2013


Permalink 11:12:14 am, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 258 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Fourth Graders Power Their Classroom with Solar Energy

Durham, North Carolina - A group of fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, are showing America the way to a clean energy future. After learning all about solar and other energy sources, Aaron Sebens - a teacher at Central Park School for Children - and his fourth grade class came up with a bold idea: make their classroom solar-powered.

Click on the headline to watch the video.


Permalink 09:14:06 am, by mleslie Email , 94 words, 321 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Clemson University's Lee III, a LEED Platinum building

How do you teach students to work together? Design a transparent, open floor plan that prompts natural interaction between students and faculty from varied disciplines, including architecture, art and construction science. Clemson University’s Lee III, which incorporates extensive daylighting, natural ventilation and materials from on-campus sources, is intended to teach sustainable design by example. To achieve the lowest energy use possible designers selected a radiant heating/cooling system, a bold selection for a building in a high humidity climate like South Carolina. The project recorded a first year EUI of 35 kBtu/ft2 • yr.

Permalink 09:12:04 am, by mleslie Email , 58 words, 227 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB draft plan to balance the 2013-14 Operating Budget

Click on the headline to read the proposed TDSB Operating Expense Budget Plan for the fiscal year September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, in the amount of $2,919,365,425 (excluding depreciation expense of capital assets which is dependent on approval of the capital plan) and several recommended reductions totalling $27.3M needed to balance the 2013-2014 Operating Budget. (Note, that it's a large file).

Permalink 09:08:21 am, by mleslie Email , 32 words, 222 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB loan request for capital improvements

Click on the headline to read the TDSB proposal for a long term financing arrangement in the amount of $37,825,482 through the province's Ontario Financing Authority. The loan will support school capital improvements.

Permalink 09:05:12 am, by mleslie Email , 66 words, 205 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB's Toronto Lands Corp. Interim 2013-14 Budget

Click on the headline to read the interim 2013-14 Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) budget. The TLC is wholly owned by the Toronto District School Board. Note that the budget presented here is titled ‘interim’ given several outstanding variables associated with TDSB decisions anticipated in June 2013. Subsequent to these decisions being made, the TLC will revise this budget and provide approval to a final budget for 2013-14.

Permalink 09:00:59 am, by mleslie Email , 66 words, 223 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto board told to sell $162 million worth of school land

by Kristin Rushowy - Toronto’s public school board must commit to selling $162.2 million worth of school land over the next three years in order for the province to free up money to pay for a list of urgent school rebuilds and renovations, the Star has learned. The confidential report before Toronto District School Board trustees recommends that 11 properties be sold by the 2015-16 school year.


Permalink 07:54:28 am, by mleslie Email , 124 words, 236 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

U.S. Government presents awards for Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability

June 3, 2013 - White House CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Bob Persiacepe, and Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Janey Thornton joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter to congratulate the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees on their achievements at a ceremony in Washington, DC. At the event, sixty-four schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including STEM, green careers and civics. In addition, 14 districts were honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award.

Click on the headline to visit the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools website.


Permalink 02:09:57 pm, by mleslie Email , 119 words, 240 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

School investment needs to target suburbs: A ring of children surrounds cities in Canada

by William Wolfe-Wylie - In Halifax, the growing suburban population has drawn families out of the downtown core, but school construction has not kept up. In many communities there are no schools, leaving students to bus to other communities.

Similar problems are popping up in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto.

Aging boomers play a role, too. Edmonton’s schools are concentrated in the core of the city, along the North Saskatchewan River. But families have increasingly been moving out to the suburbs while the downtown core fills with baby boomers and professionals. The results are far higher demand for schools in the outskirts of the city than in the downtown area where there are, in fact, more schools.

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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