Archives for: February 2014


Permalink 13:48:27, by mleslie Email , 72 words, 188 views   Dutch (NL)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Mill Junction student residence built from shipping containers and grains silos

by Colin Warren-Hicks - Johannesburg has a new rainbow-colored high-rise that's an unlikely pastiche of architectural types. Brightly-colored shipping containers meet decrepit-looking grain silos at Mill Junction, an innovative development that realizes a 370-bed student dormitory smack dab in a city with few student housing options. Floor slabs were inserted into the silos, and windows punched into their thick concrete walls. The shipping containers were then lifted into place and welded together.


Permalink 08:05:01 am, by mleslie Email , 102 words, 205 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Edible Schoolyard NYC Transforms an Old Parking Lot in Brooklyn into an Urban Agriculture Oasis for Students

by Sherrell Dorsey - Children attending P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn don’t have to stomach pink slime mystery meat or nasty school lunches. Instead they regularly feast on meals from their school garden. Thanks to a talented team of architects at WORKac who transformed a defunct parking lot into a half-acre indoor-outdoor classroom, students at P.S. 216 are getting hands-on lessons in sustainability and urban agriculture. With year-round access to fresh foods and a curriculum that lets them taste their homework, chances are, kids attending this elementary school won’t be asking mom or dad to stay home sick anytime soon.


Permalink 09:19:42 am, by mleslie Email , 60 words, 202 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Joplin Schools Rebuilt on Same Site After Tornado

by Jessie Fetterling - Joplin, MO - The linked campus of Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School opened in Joplin in early January. Both schools needed to be rebuilt after they were struck by the May 2011 tornado that devastated the Joplin community and killed 161 people. In total, 10 buildings in the Joplin School District were damaged due to the tornado.


Permalink 09:38:48 am, by mleslie Email , 45 words, 235 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

K-12 Education: Sandy Grove (North Carolina) Middle School Shines With Solar

This middle school in Lumber Bridge, N.C., built via a public-private partnership and designed to achieve LEED Platinum status, incorporates more than 2,300 solar panels that, collectively, generate an estimated 589.5 kilowatts of electricity annually, or about 30% more than the school will require, project officials estimate.


Permalink 12:16:23 pm, by mleslie Email , 75 words, 274 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Green Schools Alliance Selects Renewable Energy Provider for New Consortium

New York, NY - February 3, 2014 - The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) took another “Big Step toward Small Footprints” today, announcing the selection of Sterling Planet as renewable energy provider to the Green Schools Renewable Energy Purchasing Consortium. Founded in 2013, the consortium invites all schools to collectively purchase renewable energy for their facilities, earn national recognition from EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) and pave the way for renewable energy use in the broader educational community.

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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