September 20, 2016 - Three Yukon schools could soon be burning wood chips instead of heating oil, as the territorial government considers a switch to biomass. The schools are the St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction, Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake and the Teslin Community School.
by Lacy Cook - Hampshire College's new R.W. Kern Center is about as sustainable as a building can be. The 17,000-square-foot center, designed by Bruner/Cott & Associates, is designed "to be entirely self-sustaining and meet the Living Status of the Living Building Challenge." To reach for those goals, the center runs on solar power, is outfitted with composting toilets, and includes a rainwater harvesting system.
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.
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.’
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.
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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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