Archives for: May 2015


Permalink 04:07:31 pm, by mleslie Email , 106 words, 132 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Minnesota Students to Help School Earn LEED Rating

Apple Valley, MN - A group of junior and senior high school students at the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley are creating a plan to help their school earn LEED certification. If achieved, this would be the first student-led, LEED-certified project under LEED v4.

The SES is a public high school located on the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo, and is part of Independent School District 196. A magnet school, SES uses a project-based learning model that encourages students to define their own learning objectives. Its mission is to create a community of leaders that will enhance the relationship between humans and their environment.

Permalink 04:05:53 pm, by mleslie Email , 160 words, 138 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning

by Peter Barrett - Until now, it may seem bizarre, but the holistic impact of classroom design on the learning of school pupils has been pretty much an unknown quantity. Although many people intuitively feel that classroom design is important for effective learning, there has in fact been very little real evidence. Of course the challenge is far from simple, as there are a myriad of design factors in play within every classroom.

So the University of Salford’s research team targeted primary (or elementary) school classrooms, where the children are in one space most of their time and for whom there are metrics of their academic progress—an ideal “natural” research design. They then worked from the individual’s perspective to create a comprehensive and novel model of the factors in play (the Stimulation / Individualization / Naturalness, or SIN model). Finally they used multilevel statistical modeling to isolate the effects on learning that attach to the classroom level of analysis.


Permalink 07:46:22 am, by mleslie Email , 106 words, 189 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Towers find friends on Toronto District School Board

by Jennifer Pagliaro - Community advocates and their councillors say million-dollar deals quietly struck between the Toronto District School Board and developers — looking to build beyond city guidelines — are compromising neighbourhoods.

The story of two recent proposals to build condominiums in the downtown core highlights the messy battle of highrise development in this city — one that goes beyond the often-criticized “not in my backyard” ideology. They reveal the complicated divisions between parents, residents, school boards, school trustees, elected city councillors, planning staff and developers over design and open space — fights that often go unnoticed across the city until the foundation is dug and the ribbon cut.

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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