Archives for: September 2014

09/17/14

Permalink 08:45:16 am, by mleslie Email , 29 words, 169 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Voters must take Toronto District School Board mess seriously: Editorial

Toronto Star Editorial - September 17, 2014 - With a $3 billion budget, the Toronto District School Board oversees the education of 232,000 students. We should pay attention to who gets voted in.

09/12/14

Permalink 05:56:35 pm, by mleslie Email , 115 words, 186 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Canada Green Building Council announces Dunbarton High School as the 2014 Greenest School in Canada

Ottawa, ON - The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are happy to announce that Dunbarton High School in Pickering, ON, is the winner of the inaugural CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition.

Launched on Earth Day 2014, this annual competition seeks to find kindergarten to Grade 12 schools across the country that truly exemplify how sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school.

Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada entered submissions based on criteria that examined the schools’ efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

Permalink 05:53:30 pm, by mleslie Email , 75 words, 197 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Announcing the winners of CaGBC’s first-annual Greenest School in Canada competition

September 12, 2014 - The CaGBC and the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools are very happy to announce Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, as the first-ever winner of the Greenest School in Canada competition.

Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada entered submissions based on criteria that examined the schools’ efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

09/09/14

Permalink 10:01:35 am, by mleslie Email , 107 words, 138 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

American Institute of Architects recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

Washington, DC – September 4, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability.

Permalink 09:59:55 am, by mleslie Email , 88 words, 190 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

National Green Schools Society launched in the U.S.

September 8, 2014 - Green Schools is thrilled to announce the launch of National Green Schools Society, a structured chapter-based program for high-achieving, environmentally focused students to create extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities while getting the recognition they deserve on a state and national level. We're not an honor society - and that is intentional - but NGSS will work in much the same manner by providing schools and students with an environmentally focused national recognition program that is based on environmental service hours instead of academic achievement.

09/03/14

Permalink 01:21:05 pm, by mleslie Email , 56 words, 302 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

In California, Net Zero Classrooms Made From Shipping Containers

San Diego, CA - In collaboration with the Oak Park Unified School District, Balfour Beatty Construction installed seven net-zero modular classroom buildings made of single use containers used for ocean shipping at Oak Park High School. The project marks the first use of this type of modular building approved by the California Division of State Architect.

Permalink 08:55:49 am, by mleslie Email , 100 words, 160 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

From school to subdivision: Tracking TDSB lands under development in Scarborough

by Monika Warzecha - When a school closes, it touches a nerve in the community. Selling the property can be fairly contentious too, as locals grapple with the loss of green space. In land-hungry Toronto, there have been a number of high-profile sales of these parcels belonging to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Though the TDSB ultimately backed away from a proposal to sell off excess lands or unused pieces of green space to deal with the billion dollar repair backlog, the board holds a number of surplus properties that have gone on the market for millions of dollars.

Permalink 08:54:15 am, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 141 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Green Apple Day of Service takes place Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, read about last year's impacts, find an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

Permalink 08:51:39 am, by mleslie Email , 82 words, 180 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Energy Storage Saves School District $5 Million in Utility Costs

Fair Lawn, NJ - CALMAC, a leader in energy storage systems, has released the results of St. Lucie School District’s (SLCSD) energy cost reduction strategy using ice-enhanced cooling. Over the past seven years, the district of 40,000 students and 5,000 employees has installed CALMAC’s IceBank® energy storage tanks in 15 schools to cool students and employees. The SLCSD energy management program has created a 30-40 percent reduction in annual energy costs, totaling about $5 million in savings, or the equivalent of 100 annual teacher salaries.

Build Green Schools.ca

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 www.mleslie.com). You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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