12/08/16

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U.S. Department of Energy Launches Signature Partnership to Jump-Start Zero Energy Schools

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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Leaking £7m (CDN$12 million) Dartington eco-school is demolished

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.

11/30/16

Permalink 07:58:47 am, by mleslie Email , 29 words, 96 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Carleton University Engineering Students Build "Tiny" Net-Zero House

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".

Permalink 07:43:46 am, by mleslie Email , 48 words, 86 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Foothills School Division to receive solar panel installation funding

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

10/11/16

Permalink 06:54:02 am, by mleslie Email , 147 words, 127 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Sustainability as a Mechanism for School Engagement

(This story appeared in "Home Room" the offical blog of the U.S. Department of Education) - U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is founded on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) authority to identify and communicate practices that increase student and community engagement and, in doing so, also raise academic achievement. Annually, the Green Strides Tour shines a spotlight on the potential for sustainable schools practices to engage students, teachers, families, and community members.

The 2016 “Real-World Learning” Green Strides Tour put this commitment on display, as we toured schools, districts, and even a postsecondary Pennsylvania ED-GRS honoree, celebrating their achievements, and educating visitors on the many ways schools old and new, public and private; districts large and small; and colleges and universities can reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and teach by the most hands-on, engaging means possible.

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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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