Tagged : green-schools

Texas School for the Deaf wins Global Green’s school makeover award

December 8th, 2011

Texas School for the Deaf has won the grand prize in a green school makeover competition sponsored by Global Green USA and Pureology.
As the top winner, the school will receive $130,000 to expand its sustainability initiatives.

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Polls show Americans support green schools and green companies

October 10th, 2011

Two surveys released last week show that Americans are still thinking green, even amid an economy that’s left them with less of it in their wallets.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans support investing federal money in energy efficient school improvements, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans in late September by GfK Custom Research.

The survey, sponsored by United Technologies Corp. and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, also found that about one-third of Americans considered U.S. schools to be in “poor shape”.

These results suggest taxpayers likely approve of the $25 billion green schools program contained within Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act. The plan would provide school districts money for energy and structural improvements that would save them electricity costs and free up money for teachers or supplies.

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A closer look at how green schools boost school districts and inspire kids

October 8th, 2011

Step into a green school and the first thing you’ll likely notice is the airy bright lobby.

Stoddert Elementary, built in 1932, was well located, but badly needed a redo (see below).

It’s as if someone turned on all the overhead lights. Except they didn’t, quite the opposite. They turned off the electric lighting and let the sunlight pour in, and they did that while either keeping out the summer heat out and allowing in the winter sun, or both. Picture the electricity meter outside slowing to a crawl.
Architects and builders are getting really good at this trick. It requires some thought,

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Obama’s green schools plan could renovate buildings, reinvigorate communities

October 3rd, 2011

President Obama’s green schools plan contained in the American Jobs Act would help school districts retrofit buildings to make them more energy efficient and more livable for tens of thousands of school children.

The proposed $25 billion investment could assist as many as 35,000 schools by funding new heating and cooling systems, windows improvements and other green features that reduce energy use, according to the plan.

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US Green Building Council says American Jobs Act would put thousands to work in energy efficiency

September 9th, 2011

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO Rick Fedrizzi praised the job-creating infrastructure improvements proposed in the American Jobs Act, outlined by the president in a public address on Thursday.

“It is clear that we must rebuild and modernize our increasingly brittle built environment,” said Fedrizzi, the founding chair of the USGBC, in a statement. The USGBC promotes more efficient buildings and construction methods.

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US Green Building Council heralds new green schools center

October 1st, 2010

Ring the bell and clear the board. It’s officially time for green schools to get on the advanced building track.
The U.S. Green Building Council has announced a new project, The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, which aims to “give everyone an opportunity to attend a green school within this generation.” By that, the USGBC means it hopes that all kids will get a shot at attending a green school.

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Green high schools get assist from Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program

September 17th, 2010

With society’s emphasis on a greener future, it should come as no surprise that study of the environment, energy and conservation has made its way into high school classrooms.
Some have taken it much further, creating environmentally themed high schools. Now, the Nature Conservancy’s program aimed at helping students and teachers learn more about eco-topics has joined forces with some of those schools.

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Schools go net-zero in Kentucky and win national award

June 22nd, 2009

By Diane Porter
Green Right Now

There’s a shiny green report card out in Warren County, Kentucky this month.

The county’s school district won the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2009 Andromeda Award for its programs, which include $4 million in energy savings over the last five years, a 28 percent energy use reduction, a daily curriculum that focuses on energy efficiency and Energy Star ratings on four buildings. But the star of their show undoubtedly is the new Richardsville Elementary, a Warren County School on target to become the nation’s first net zero energy public school when it opens in fall of 2010 (see photo above).

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Judaic teaching and nature go hand-in-hand at Solomon Schechter

April 8th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Going green” may be all the rage these days, whether it’s at a school, hospital, office or municipality. At Solomon Schechter School in Westchester County, N.Y., “green” has been part of the philosophy from the start.

Founded in 1966, the conservative Jewish day school serves nearly 1,000 students. It incorporates the environment not just in the curriculum but in every day life, says chief operating officer Rahel Rosner.

“Our philosophy is based on the Hebrew expression “Min Ha’ Aretz,” meaning “with the earth,” she says.

“We’ve always lived with the earth, “ says Rosner, explaining that it is part of the Jewish culture. The K-12 school has two campuses – one located in White Plains for K-6; the other located in Hartsdale for 7-12. Each site is comprised of about 24 acres that are heavily wooded and well-maintained for nature walks.

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Sidwell Friends School: A green education for Malia and Sasha Obama

January 16th, 2009

By Harriet Blake
Green Right Now

Barack Obama has been getting an earful from environmental leaders wanting changes for the nation. Now, thanks to Sidwell Friends School, where his daughters are enrolled, he’ll no doubt be hearing from Malia and Sasha about ways the Obama family can green it up at the White House.

Sidwell, an elite private institution with Quaker roots, has become one of the nation’s most ecologically active schools, offering an education where environmental stewardship is foremost and the buildings are being reborn as models of green construction.

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The "Go Green Initiative" helps teachers, parents and kids green their campus

September 12th, 2008

By Kelly Rondeau

It’s back to the books for kids across America and going green in the classroom has never been so easy. With the help of a popular program called the Go Green Initiative, teachers have quick and simple access online to all the tools and resources needed to green a classroom, an entire school, or even a school-district.

Serving as the charter and flagship school for the Go Green Initiative, Walnut Grove Elementary School, in Pleasanton, Calif., first found out about the program in 2002 when Jill Buck, a mother of three, and PTA president, got creative and began asking “What else could we do to go green?”

“The school was doing some gardening, composting and recycling, but I wanted to do more, so I sat down at my kitchen table and started writing up the initiative,” said Ms. Buck (pictured left). “That was in 2002, and since then the program has just grown and grown: we’re now operating in all 50 states in the US, we’re in 13 countries, and on 4 continents; our website gets over 2 million hits a month; it’s an amazing program. Schools are finding us on the Internet and simply by word of mouth.”

Walnut Grove’s principal, Bill Radulovich, comments, “It all started here on my campus, as Jill (Buck) was my PTA president. As the charter school for this program, she first starting designing ideas to partner with waste management to help us with recycling waste, and that grew into networking and working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds that are distributed to different programs.

“Where once we had cardboard boxes to hold are recycling items, we now have huge 55-gallon gobblers, these huge barrels with slots that are really cool. She helped us gain more methods in the form of recycling and reusing and how to be more efficient overall.”

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American Schools Embrace Three More ‘Rs’ — Reduce, Recycle And Reuse

August 29th, 2008

By Shermakaye Bass

Summer’s ending and school’s recommencing — and along with the sound of bells ringing comes the simultaneous groan of kids nationwide. But this year, more American students than ever will return from vacation to a new backdrop, a green schoolhouse.

Yep, the little red school-house of yesteryear is getting a redo, making way for a 21st-century incarnation. Of this country’s 100,000 private and public schools, approximately one a day are now registering for LEED certification, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

These little green schoolhouses still teach the “Three R’s” (reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic), but they’ve added three more – “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.” And they’re doing it not just through energy-efficient building principles or water-conserving whiz-bangs, but through curricula, community-outreach projects, cafeterias, landscaping, new buses and transportation policies. One school in Oregon, Clackamas High School, has a city-wide cellphone battery recycling program and last year planted its own orchard.

The greening of America’s schools is a phenomenon to behold. Less than four years ago, Arizona and Washington state were two of the first to require all new public building construction meet LEED Silver requirements. Now dozens of states have green ground rules for schools. New York prohibits the use of non-green cleaners, while its neighbor New Jersey has mandated that all new schools be built to LEED specs. The 58 member schools of the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Program marked the project’s first anniversary this year (Kentucky made national news when it banned the sale of non-cafeteria foods on campus a couple of years ago).

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