Archives for: March 2015


Permalink 04:29:50 pm, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 166 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City of Toronto-School Boards Advisory Committee

March 31, 2015 - The City of Toronto Executive Committee recommends:

1. City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to prioritize in its 2015-2016 work plan, the development of a new multilateral, consultative relationship for the City of Toronto, the School Boards and the Province of Ontario with respect to schools lands disposition ....

Please follow the headline link and also read this City of Toronto Staff Report for background.


Permalink 11:46:00 am, by mleslie Email , 105 words, 147 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Ontario to put new pressure on TDSB over empty schools

by Selena Ross, The Globe and Mail - The province will penalize school boards for holding on to underused schools in its next budget, an approach that will hit the Toronto District School Board harder than most. The TDSB is still reviewing its funding allocation after receiving the numbers Thursday morning. It's too early for the board to know the net change over last year's budget, said a spokesman. Education Minister Liz Sandals says the ministry’s total spending of $22.5-billion will be the same as last year, but the boards will be hit financially if they’re holding on to empty or near-empty properties.


Permalink 07:18:56 am, by mleslie Email , 193 words, 149 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

James Mollison’s latest book and exhibition capture playgrounds from around the world

by Paul Makovsky, Metropolis Magazine - In 2009, the photographer James Mollison was reflecting upon his Oxford school days when he realized that nearly everything he remembered happened on the playground—memories of games that were playful and fun, but also some that were violent. Inspired, Mollison embarked on a book project: photographing the playgrounds of both private and state schools in England. “Some of the private schools in England would have virtually no supervision for the children on the playground because they’d been taught from a young age how to play and interact,” he says. “Whereas I went to one inner-city state school in London and I was assigned a security guard for my protection.”

While on assignment, Mollison expanded the project to include schools in Kenya and eventually trekked around the world, photographing playgrounds in more than a dozen countries. He found an incredible diversity in the schools but, also, a universality in the children’s play—particularly with boys. “Maybe it’s just because I was thinking about my own time in the playground,” Mollison says. “It didn’t matter where I was, boys pretty much did the same thing".


Permalink 11:47:44 am, by mleslie Email , 108 words, 144 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

What it takes to build 21st-century schools

March 2, 2015 - by John Caulfield - Florida’s Orange County Public Schools is the nation’s 10th-largest school district, with 180-plus schools and 192,000 students in grades K–12. Making changes in a district this size “is like trying to turn a battleship,” says Faz Ali, Senior Director of Planning and Design.

His district has been taking what he describes as “baby steps” toward embracing design and construction innovations aimed at making schools more student centered, project oriented, and technology enhanced. Those are the three signposts of what, for an increasing number of public school districts and private schools across the country, has come to define a so-called “21st-Century School.”


Permalink 06:10:03 pm, by mleslie Email , 86 words, 142 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Dunbar High School Achieves LEED Platinum - "Greenest School in the World"

Washington, DC - February 25, 2015 - Perkins Eastman is proud to announce that Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, has been certified LEED Platinum, the highest distinction, by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Designed by international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman in association with Moody•Nolan, the 280,000 sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the highest-scoring school in the world certified under USGBC’s LEED for Schools-New Construction system. The new school building welcomed its first students in 2013.

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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