Archives for: January 2014


Permalink 10:40:56 am, by mleslie Email , 86 words, 156 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

National Green Week 2014 kicks off February 3-7

National Green Week is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first full week in February and the end of Earth Month (April). Participating districts, schools, classrooms or youth groups choose a week, then select from the Green Education Fund's sustainability focused programs to be their ‘green theme.’ Each theme provides 5 day standards-based lesson sets, activities, recommended reading, sustainability tips, contests, and more! Join over 10,000 schools and 5 million students in the largest sustainability education program running!


Permalink 06:04:25 am, by mleslie Email , 57 words, 219 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Chicago STEM School Tackles Sustainability Inside and Out

Chicago - Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, designed by STR Partners and built by F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen & Associates, both of Chicago, recently received LEED Platinum certification. This distinction makes it the first building in the Chicago Public Schools system, as well as the first new school in the city, to achieve the status.

Permalink 05:49:38 am, by mleslie Email , 95 words, 244 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Alberta receives only one P3 respondent for building 19 schools

Alberta is undertaking another major expansion of school projects, aiming to provide 19 brand new schools in nine communities in the province.

The province has decided that it will continue to use a public-private partnership (P3) approach even though it only received one single response to its request for qualifications to design and build the schools.

Click on the headline to read the full text of the article, and here to read a related May 2011 article about Alberta's school program, written by Nordahl Flakstadt for Canadian Consulting Engineer: "School Design in the Era of P3s."


Permalink 02:59:34 pm, by mleslie Email , 72 words, 173 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Top 5 School Design & Construction Stories of 2013

By Jessie Fetterling - The school construction industry continued to focus on green building and technology as construction on several 21st century education facilities broke ground and debuted in 2013. Facilities focused on media and technology as well as career preparation — specifically careers in business — were the most highly anticipated ones to open. Read on to remember some of the top stories that School Construction News readers clicked on the most last year.


Permalink 08:58:08, by mleslie Email , 33 words, 237 views   English (EU)
Categories: News Updates

Green rating system for schools is launched in India

New Delhi - January 20, 2014 - In a major milestone, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH) launched the GRIHA PRAKRITI green rating for schools.


Permalink 01:55:40 pm, by mleslie Email , 52 words, 227 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Best of Green Schools 2013 List

Washington, DC - The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its third annual Best of Green Schools list in December. The 2013 list recognizes top educational institutions, individuals and initiatives that are working toward the common goal of creating healthy, high-performing learning facilities across the country.


Permalink 11:29:12 am, by mleslie Email , 123 words, 262 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Lands Corporation (a TDSB subsidiary) appoints Interim CEO and requests independent review of operations

Shirley Hoy, the current CEO of TLC will be completing her five-year term, effective January 5, 2014. As the TLC begins its next phase of work, the Board of Directors of the TLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Daryl Sage as the Interim CEO, TLC, effective January 6, 2014. Daryl can be reached at

In a separate action, on December 11th, trustees voted to retain a third party to conduct an independent review of the Toronto Lands Corporation’s Shareholder’s Direction and mandate in order to assess whether the TLC has met its real estate goals and objectives, and to determine whether the TLC should continue operations in the same manner as prescribed in the current Shareholder’s Direction.

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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