Atlanta, GA - March 22, 2017 - The Green Schools Conference and Expo, which convened this week in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighted the intersection of sustainability, curriculum and programming, building design, facilities management, health and wellness and community service. During the conference, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) announced the recipients of the 2017 Best of Green Schools awards, which recognize individuals, institutions, projects and events that embody the most impactful efforts in school sustainability.
Madison, WI - On March 20, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly Journal launches. The new education journal is a publication of the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), with the support of several partner organizations.
Do you know where the green schools movement began? How far back should we look, and how deep are the roots? That’s where GSNN's journal, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly (GSCQ), starts the story in their very first issue. Authors from schools, school districts, nonprofits and academia give different perspectives on the origin of the effort to improve the environmental impact, health and wellness and student sustainability literacy in our nation’s schools.
The journal is the first peer-reviewed digital magazine dedicated to the advancement of green, healthy, sustainable K–12 schools. GSCQ highlights evidence-based practices; explores topics in depth, including qualitative and quantitative research; and presents columns that report on emergent issues.
In partnership with AIA, IES, and USGBC and with support from the DOE, ASHRAE has embarked on a new series of Advanced Energy Design Guides focusing on achieving zero energy performance. The first guide in the series is for K-12 School Buildings. The project committee is finalizing the first draft in anticipation of the first peer review. The 65% Complete Technical Refinement Draft for the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School: Achieving Zero Energy will be available for review and feedback from February 6, 2017 to February 17, 2017. All review input must be received by February 19, 2017. Once received, the input will be compiled and then reviewed by the committee who will make changes to the draft based on that input. To participate in the review, please go to https://www.ashrae.org/freeaedg to download the review process instructions and review input form as well as a copy of the document for review (in pdf format). The draft will be available for download starting on February 6, 2017 through Friday, February 17, 2017.
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.
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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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