Archives for: October 2014


Permalink 07:51:05 am, by mleslie Email , 30 words, 206 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Using Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems in Schools

Mother Earth News, October 2014 - Some schools in the United States and Europe have begun to use geothermal energy to cut down on energy consumption and provide an energy-efficient education.


Permalink 11:22:49 am, by mleslie Email , 101 words, 203 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

US Environmental Protection Agency issues air quality guidance for schools

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to help school districts better protect indoor air quality and improve energy efficiency. The agency released guidance tips for schools on Friday, arguing they would help cut energy costs and promote health.

“This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

“By using these guidelines, school districts can cut their energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment,” McCabe added.

Click here to download the guidelines.


Permalink 06:42:20 pm, by mleslie Email , 52 words, 261 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Try this School Travel Planning Toolkit

Active & Safe Routes to School is a national movement dedicated to children’s mobility, health, and happiness. Please make use of its "School Travel Planning Toolkit", a step-by-step guide. is hosted by Canada Walks, a division of Green Communities Canada. Wednesday, October 8th is International Walk to School Day.


Permalink 11:50:22 am, by mleslie Email , 75 words, 253 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Profile: The "BlueShore Financial" Environmental Learning Centre

By Jim Taggart - From its 175 hectare rural campus 85km north of Vancouver BC, the North Vancouver Outdoor School [NVOS] has offered environmental education programs on behalf of School District 44 for more than 40 years. Every elementary student in the district spends at least a few days at the school, wading alongside spawning salmon, identifying and tasting wild berries, tending to farm animals, observing eagles or immersing themselves in a multitude of other outdoor learning experiences.


Permalink 03:36:45 pm, by mleslie Email , 36 words, 188 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Sustainable School Celebrates Topping Out - Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA - Construction crews recently topped out the new Martin Luther King Jr. School in Cambridge, Mass. The 169,000-square-foot school has been designed to target Net Zero energy consumption, and will serve an estimated 740 students.

Permalink 06:49:31 am, by mleslie Email , 81 words, 167 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Ontario Court rules against TDSB sports facility appeal

September 30, 2014 - The fate of a recreational facility at a Toronto high school is in jeopardy after the school board lost its court appeal against the city.

The Toronto District School Board was looking to overturn a decision by Superior Court Justice David Corbett, who ruled in June that the board’s plan to enter into a private partnership and build an artificial turf field and seasonal dome at Central Technical School was not exempt from the city’s zoning regulations.

Permalink 06:47:42, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 179 views   Chinese(S) gb2312 (CN)
Categories: News Updates

World Bank Supports Solar Schools Program in China

September 30, 2014 - Energy efficiency and renewable energy are two critical elements of sustainable urban development strategy and are central in China's push to reduce the carbon footprint of its economy. With support from the World Bank, Beijing is installing 100 megawatts of rooftop solar PV systems in 800 primary and middle schools - the largest of such initiatives in the country so far.

Permalink 06:44:48 am, by mleslie Email , 93 words, 166 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

New York City Mayor announces new plan for going green in schools

September 29, 2014 - Mayor De Blasio is paying attention to climate change, by installing new solar panels in New York City schools, added a statement by the Mayor’s office today, Examiner has learned. The mayor announced a major investment in solar power at City schools, funding 24 installations as part of the administration’s new green buildings plan (One City, Built to Last), tripling the amount of solar currently planned on City-owned buildings, and marking another step forward as the City works to dramatically reduce its contributions to climate change, added a press statement.

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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