December 8, 2016 - Ontario is supporting the construction of a new high school and community hub in Toronto, bringing modern learning facilities and community space to students and families in the Bloor-Dufferin neighbourhood. The province is helping the Toronto District School Board build a new state-of-the-art secondary school that will accommodate approximately 900 students. Working in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, the City of Toronto, and local community groups, Ontario is also securing up to 30,000 square feet for a community hub on the proposed new site development, which will include a licensed child care centre and space for community programming.
Washington, DC - On December 6, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of a new partnership to jump-start zero energy schools across the country and better enable states and school districts alike to design, construct, and operate these cutting-edge, energy-saving schools. The launch of the Zero Energy Schools Accelerator, part of the Better Buildings Initiative, brings together seven school districts, two states, and several national organizations committed to working collaboratively toward the goal of increasing zero energy design and construction in the education sector and among local communities across the nation. A Zero Energy Building is an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.
Devon, England - A £7m "zero-carbon" school which closed after water started leaking into the buildings is being demolished. Diggers and dumper trucks are turning the six-year-old former Dartington Primary School near Totnes in Devon into rubble. More than 300 children have been in temporary buildings since July 2014. Building of a new school will start in January and education authority Devon County Council is seeking compensation from the architects and builders.
Ottawa, ON - A group of Carleton University engineering students are designing and building a sustainable, tiny, net-zero house built on a trailer. They call their project "Northern Nomad".
High River, AB - Foothills School Division (FSD) projects currently being planned and under construction are eligible for solar panel funding through a newly-introduced Government of Alberta initiative.
Funding for solar panels is available to 36 Alberta school projects in planning and design as of October 2016. Read more here
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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 www.mleslie.com). You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca
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