Archives for: August 2016


Permalink 06:53:02 am, by mleslie Email , 66 words, 242 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto District School Board Renewal Needs Backlog and Facility Condition Index

August 22, 2016 - TDSB News Release - Parents now have access to a wealth of data on the condition of public schools as the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) becomes, what is thought to be, the first school board in Ontario to post lists of repairs on a school-by-school basis. The TDSB is also publishing each school’s Facility Condition Index, a rating of school building conditions.

Permalink 06:50:18 am, by mleslie Email , 115 words, 128 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Debunking Common Myths Behind U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

by Andrea Suarez Falken - Five years ago, I was tasked with developing what came to be called U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS). You may have heard of it. The recognition award is now known for honoring sustainable schools annually.

What is a “green” or “sustainable” school, you ask? Well, we established a federal definition when we created the award. That federal education definition includes three broad areas that we call Pillars. Pillar I is ‘Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs‘, including waste, water, greenhouse gases, energy, and transportation. Pillar II is ‘Improving Health and Wellness‘, including physical activity, nutrition, and environmental health. Pillar III is ‘Teaching Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education.’


Permalink 07:35:45 am, by mleslie Email , 84 words, 138 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

UPEI officially opens building for new sustainable design engineering school

by Gail Harding, CBC News - The new building for the School of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island has been officially opened. The 76,000 square-foot- building, which cost of $26 million, will house students and faculty of the program.

"Virtually every square inch this building was created to serve a unique aspect of the sustainable design engineering program," said Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. He added the building has only one traditional classroom and the remaining space is designed to support experiential learning.

Permalink 07:32:49 am, by mleslie Email , 116 words, 211 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Wisconsin elementary school achieves LEED first

Lake Mills Elementary School in Lake Mills, Wis., has received LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of its environmentally friendly design and construction, reports the website American School & University. The $18.7 million facility opened in 2014 and replaced the existing elementary in the Lake Mills district. The district worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects to create a sustainably designed facility with energy-efficient options. To reach the goal, the project took part in a beta test for the Green Building Council's new LEED v4 pilot program. As the first school to earn platinum under the new rating system, Lake Mills Elementary School can lay claim to be the greenest school in the nation.

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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