Archives for: April 2014


Permalink 08:04:02 am, by mleslie Email , 46 words, 277 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

K-12 Case Study: Renovations at Dunklin R-V School District, Missouri

Today’s Facility Manager - The administrators at Dunklin R-V School District located in eastern Missouri are expecting recently completed improvements to four of its facilities to save nearly $27,000 a year while enhancing the academic environment and avoiding future capital costs of up to nearly $300,000 annually.


Permalink 08:01:37 am, by mleslie Email , 27 words, 254 views   English (UK)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Energy saving project at Penair School (Cornwall, England)

Pupils at Penair School, in Cornwall, England have combined Switch-Off Fortnight campaigns with solar technology to save their school energy and help them gain their "Green Flag".

Permalink 07:52:41 am, by mleslie Email , 70 words, 263 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Algonquin College, Perth Campus' Academic Hall certified LEED Gold

Algonquin College is a major provider of post-secondary education in Eastern Ontario, with campuses in Ottawa, Perth and Pembroke. The Perth Campus is located in the Town of Perth, approximately 65 km west of Ottawa. In keeping with Perth’s historic involvement with the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site, the Perth Campus’ area of excellence is heritage preservation training, which draws students from the local community
and from around the world.


Permalink 07:00:56 am, by mleslie Email , 104 words, 201 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

The Canadian Coalition for Green Schools is looking for the "greenest school in Canada"

Ottawa, ON - April 22, 2014 - The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools are commemorating Earth Day with the launch of a new competition for Canadian schools.

A green school is one that minimizes environmental impact, optimizes human health and performance, and fosters a generation of environmentally literate students. Schools offering grades between K-12 are eligible to participate in the Greenest School in Canada competition, and will be judged on the following criteria:

- Efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact.
- Enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff.
- Emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.


Permalink 10:04:36 am, by mleslie Email , 64 words, 179 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Ontario funds won’t cover capital needs, funding not enough, TDSB head says

by Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail - The Toronto District School Board will receive capital funding from the provincial government to renovate only one school, despite receiving project approval for six.

Chair Chris Bolton said that puts Canada’s largest school board in a position of having to sell properties to pay for urgent renovations and rebuilding needed to cope with student growth.

Permalink 10:02:54 am, by mleslie Email , 98 words, 245 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Rainbow District School Board touts green features at MacLeod P.S.

by Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star - Youngsters attending the new MacLeod Public School are getting some extra time to settle in.

Rainbow District School Board's new facility at 23 Walford Rd. in Sudbury will house students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 starting this fall, but some 200 children from JK to Grade 2 started at the new school in mid-March.

“We're very excited to be here,” said principal Michelle Walton, during a media event held at MacLeod on Tuesday morning. “There are so many new features that are not only exciting for our staff, but also very good for our students.”


Permalink 07:04:19 pm, by mleslie Email , 111 words, 230 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Sustainable Gateway - Sandy High School

by Jerry L. Waters, Brian Butler and Andrew Craig - High Performing Buildings Magazine, Spring 2014 - Fresh air and sunlight permeate Sandy High School, while the school’s location on a preserved wooded site provides easy access to and expansive views of the natural surroundings. The setting is fitting for this school in Sandy, Ore., known as “the Gateway to Mount Hood.” The open, airy design represents a dramatic change for the approximately 1,400 students, who previously attended classes in a cramped 90-year-old facility that was half the size. A rainwater harvesting system provides water for toilet flushing and irrigation. The school uses half the energy of a school built to code.

Permalink 03:51:30 pm, by mleslie Email , 157 words, 197 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

A Timber School Structure on a Tight Budget

by Logan Ward, Architect Magazine - March 31, 2014 - Money was tight for the Cascades Academy, in Bend, Ore., which needed a facility to accommodate its growing student population that had been stuck in rented classrooms since the private day school’s founding in 2003. While the forested site overlooking the Deschutes River called for a timber structure, the nonprofit’s budget was more in the realm of fiber-cement cladding or stucco on block.

In 2007, the school’s board of directors hired Portland, Ore.–based Hennebery Eddy Architects to design a master plan for the 21-acre site, but the board pressed the pause button when the economy soured. In 2009, after plans resumed and Hennebery Eddy began design on a 38,500-square-foot facility, talk turned to slashing costs—and expectations. A couple of the school’s board members spoke up, says Hennebery Eddy founding principal and project design leader Tim Eddy, AIA. “They wanted a building that belongs in the region.”

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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