Archives for: September 2015


Permalink 07:49:41 am, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 137 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Passive School, Active Savings - Hollis Montessori School

High Performing Buildings, Fall 2015 - At the Hollis Montessori School in southern New Hampshire, the school environment is a teaching tool. So, to create the best possible environment for students, it made sense to build the first Passive House certified elementary school in the U.S. It made financial sense, too. For a 10% increase in construction costs to reach certification status, the payback was only three years.


Permalink 01:09:51 pm, by mleslie Email , 122 words, 131 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

CaGBC announces 2015 Greenest Schools in Canada: St. Marguerite d'Youville Elementary in Hamilton, and Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton

Ottawa, ON – September 15, 2015 - The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are happy to announce the winners of the second-annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition: St. Marguerite d'Youville Elementary School in Hamilton, ON, and Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, AB.

Launched in 2014, this annual competition seeks to showcase kindergarten to Grade 12 schools across the country that truly exemplify how sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum of a school. Schools from both rural and urban areas across Canada enter submissions based on criteria that examine: the schools' efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; enhanced health and learning among students, teachers and staff; and emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.

Permalink 07:40:05 am, by mleslie Email , 62 words, 136 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Staten Island P.S. 62 First Net-Zero School in New York City

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Press Release - P.S. 62 will be the first net-zero energy school in New York City and one of the first of its kind worldwide. The 68,000-square-foot, two-story school will serve 444 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. When completed, the cutting-edge building will harvest as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses on an annual basis.

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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