Archives for: July 2015


Permalink 11:49:02 am, by mleslie Email , 100 words, 115 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

FSC certification for school in Canada: when forests become classrooms

FSC Newsroom - “Why wouldn’t we do this? Students here are learning about the responsibility that comes with taking a leadership role, about being accountable for their actions,” Shawnigan’s headmaster, David Robertson, says.

The school, which celebrates its centenary next year, is nestled among lakes and trees on Canada’s Vancouver Island. Most of its 490 students, who come from 28 countries, are boarders.

FSC certification of 64 hectares of the school’s 120-hectare campus came in December 2014 under Ecotrust Canada’s Forest Management Group certificate. It is likely the first and only school in the world to be FSC certified.

Permalink 10:38:50 am, by mleslie Email , 141 words, 123 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Can D.C. afford to build the greenest schools in the world?

by Michael Alison Chandler - The Washington Post - This year, the architects of the rebuilt Dunbar High School announced that the building was one of the greenest new schools in the world, equipped with a geothermal heating and cooling system aided by wells extending 460 feet below the athletic fields and enough solar panels to power all classroom lights for eight hours on a sunny day.

The D.C. public high school, after a $122 million reconstruction project, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, the highest distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, which reviews building energy efficiency.

As District schools have been modernized, many of them are getting greener. But as the overall cost and fiscal management of the school district’s modernization program has come under scrutiny, so too are its environmental features.


Permalink 09:21:28 am, by mleslie Email , 42 words, 162 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

The Toronto District School Board Studies Mixed-Use Schools

by Cathlin Sullivan, Torontoist, July 6, 2015 - Toronto could see more schools in condos and commercial buildings, as the financially struggling Toronto District School Board studies the implications of using more mixed-use buildings to match the growth patterns of a rapidly evolving city.

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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