Archives for: December 2014

12/18/14

Permalink 08:31:05 am, by mleslie Email , 59 words, 166 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

U.S. Green Building Council Announces 2014 "Best of Green Schools" Honorees

Washington, DC - Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today the 2014 "Best of Green Schools" recipients, recognizing 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country this year. The list highlights the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year.

12/10/14

Permalink 07:00:40 am, by mleslie Email , 78 words, 187 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Environmental Education and Sustainability in U.S. Public Schools

Environmental education and sustainability practices in schools have been emerging as an important trend in 21st century education, and a growing body of research and practice indicates that green schools can save money, improve health, and boost academic achievement. In October 2014 Inverness Associates conducted a comprehensive survey of environmental education and sustainability among public schools in twelve states selected to provide a representative sample including Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Permalink 06:38:00 am, by mleslie Email , 127 words, 321 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

A New Classroom That Produces More Energy Than It Consumes

by Liz Stinson - Energy neutral buildings are great. But you know what’s even better? Buildings that produce more energy than they consume. That’s the goal of a new type of classroom currently being tested in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

The portable classroom, designed by San Francisco firm Anderson Anderson Architecture, is among the first wave of buildings to claim the “energy positive” label—an eco catchphrase that could soon replace “net zero” as the gold standard of environmentally-friendly bragging rights. Like the name suggests, energy positive simply means a building makes more energy than it uses. In this case, the 1,000-square-foot classroom is projected to produce four times the energy it consumes—the result of eliminating the need for both artificial lighting and air conditioning.

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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