Archives for: November 2013


Permalink 04:19:52 pm, by mleslie Email , 151 words, 240 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Competition focuses on university, community college and technical school water conservation

Toronto, ON - With the need to use and conserve water wisely more important than ever before, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) is challenging the leaders of tomorrow with a real-world competition which will see students develop an action plan to decrease their school’s water footprint.
The Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition offers students nationwide a unique opportunity to apply their studies towards developing a case study submission that details how their school can conserve and use water wisely.
The competition is open to all students studying engineering, business, environmental studies and other relevant fields at universities, colleges and technical schools across Canada. Teams are tasked to prepare an interdisciplinary case study that addresses ways to conserve water, covering both the technical and business/financial aspects of water conservation at their school.

Click here to read Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition program requirements.


Permalink 11:04:20 am, by mleslie Email , 65 words, 254 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

International Coalition Launched to Promote Greener Schools

by Nadine M. Post - With the recent launch of the Global Coalition for Green Schools, the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council are putting a stronger-than-ever emphasis on supporting the design, construction and operation of sustainable schools. The coalition will work to reshape schools and "fundamentally change" the way students learn about the world around them, says the USGBC.


Permalink 06:58:56 am, by mleslie Email , 60 words, 268 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

New Global Coalition for Green Schools Formed

Philadelpia, PA - The Global Coalition for Green Schools came into being to create a powerful global force for ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn in a green school within this generation. It seeks to amplify the voices of the many national coalitions around the world who work tirelessly to make their schools healthy, safe and efficient.


Permalink 06:46:19 am, by mleslie Email , 114 words, 243 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

School’s out – and reinvented spaces are in (repurposed schools)

by Jennifer Lewington, the Globe and Mail - Declining enrolment and rising costs have driven some Canadian school boards to sell surplus property, with aging neighbourhood schools among the inevitable casualties.

The search for new uses for a school, once closed, is fraught with complications: redevelopment restrictions, renovation costs and potential opposition from local residents.

But some non-profit groups and private developers are finding success in reimagining surplus schools as cultural centres, artist live-work, police stations and residential development. The effort, not without challenges, takes patience, innovative financing and collaboration between proponents and local residents.

Check out Artscape's repurposed Shaw Street School in Toronto.

Check out cSPACE Projects' repurposed King Edward School in Calgary.


Permalink 07:49:19 am, by mleslie Email , 102 words, 228 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Net-zero movement gaining traction in U.S. schools market

by David Barista, Building, Design+Construction Magazine - Five years ago, when the net-zero energy building movement was starting to take hold in the U.S., it was unfathomable to think that budget-stretched school districts would consider investing in the high-performance systems and strategies necessary for achieving net-zero energy performance.

But coming out of the recession, still bruised and battered and in severe belt-tightening mode, school officials are beginning to take note. In the past few years, a number of net-zero or net-zero-ready K-12 school projects - both public and private - have come online. And dozens more are in the works.


Permalink 06:57:11 am, by mleslie Email , 71 words, 621 views   English (US)
Categories: Greening Schools

U.S. Department of Energy releases Building Science Education Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program recognizes that the education of future design/construction industry professionals in solid building science principles is critical to widespread development of high performance homes that are energy efficient, healthy, and durable. Read about the process of developing a building science education roadmap for residential construction, by clicking on the headline.

To download the "Building America Building Science Education Roadmap" click here.

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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