Building Green - Schools
|Organizations helping green schools:|
|USGBC's Build Green Schools. Learn what makes green schools better for students. Learn about local, state and federal initiatives to promote and support green schools. Learn about LEED, the national benchmark for high-performance schools. Find videos, research, case studies and other resources. Read the most recent green schools news. ***|
|Alliance to Save Energy's Green Schools Program engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects. Green Schools helps schools use energy efficiently through architectural, operational and behavioral changes.|
|U.S. Department of Energy's Energysmart Schools web site- resources and information on planning, financing, design and building, operations and maintenance.|
|Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. Businesses, NGO's, and government agencies can participate as AASHE partner members. Lots of info. ***|
|"Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits" October 2006. A Capital E Report. The Financial Benefits of Green Schools. PDF. ***|
|Grid Neutral: Electrical Independence for California Schools and Community Colleges. 49-page how-to explains what to do to transform campuses to carbon neutral. Details ways to pay for grid-neutral projects from power purchase agreements to seeking aid. PDF.|
|Schools of the 21st Century Web site. The latest thinking and ideas on the Planning and Design of k-12 School Buildings.A supplement of Architectural Record.|
|Collaborative for High Performance Schools- facilitates the design, construction and operation of schools whose environments are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.|
|National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities at the National Institute of Building Sciences resource lists includes descriptions of books, studies, reports, and journal articles as well as links to online publications and websites. Lots of info. ***|
|Energy Efficiency Campus part of LogInAndLearn.com- a platform for energy efficiency education, resources and associated links.|
|Design for Reuse Primer Features 15 public projects - a guide to public building reuse. PublicArchitecture.org|
|Schools of Interest:|
|Chartwell School- the first complete educational campus awarded LEED Platinum "Did it cost more? They limited extra initial cost to 5-10% above conventional design for each item. Using life cycle cost analysis, which includes savings on operating costs, the high performance, green features of our new campus will eventually more than pay for themselves and result in long-term savings in operating costs. They will also enhance learning outcomes for students."|
|USGBC: Arlington, VA, School Building Recreation, K-12 education, New construction, 50,300 sq. feet . Two 11,000-gallon tanks store rainwater for onsite irrigation, sidewalk washing, and other uses.|
|"The Sustainable Hampton" State University of New York’s newest campus is sustainable in design and curriculum. NY Times Article.|
|Garthwaite Center at the Cambridge School of Weston, Massachusetts,a K-12 private school, houses science laboratory classrooms; faculty offices; a meeting space; atrium; gallery space, etc... Green Source.|
|Yale’s new 'Green' Sculpture Building is a 51,000 sq. ft. space that houses undergraduate and graduate Sculpture programs of the School of Art.|
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