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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Alliance to Save Energy: Saving Energy in Schools
Abstract: This portion of the Alliance to Save Energy web site includes best practices for controlling energy costs for school operations and maintenance; school energy efficiency links; energy efficient school construction resources; indoor air quality information; information on school retrofits; and pollution calculators that allow for the estimation of the environmental benefits of an energy efficiency measure.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Abstract: This article by Michael Popke describes different automatic technologies (e.g. automatic flush urinals, automated sensors for environmental control, occupancy sensors, etc.) that may be used at athletic and recreational facilities to save money, energy and water. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Athletic Business
BetterBricks Integrated Design Lab Network
Abstract: Northwest architects and engineers have resources close to home to help them incorporate high performance building practices into their commercial building designs. BetterBricks, in partnership with the universities and electric utilities across the Northwest, supports this regional network of design assistance labs. The lab network serves as a technical resource of credible and unbiased information and education to facilitate energy efficient design to achieve high performance buildings. The labs help building professionals take advantage of the design and financial benefits of energy efficiency to create more productive and comfortable environments. Each lab provides access to information, tools and, resources on integrated design and other high performance building practices, and a variety of advisory services. Regional contact information, as well as specific contacts for Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are listed.
Abstract: The Campus Environmental Resource Center--CampusERC--is intended to be a great library of resources to support campus environmental performance improvement. Developed collaboratively by NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA and the EPA, the primary audience is staff, administrators or faculty who are looking for resources to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news or build and manage better environmental programs.
Source: Campus Environmental Resource Center
Cathedral High School--Demonstrating Lighting [PDF]
Abstract: This Design Lights case study profiles Cathedral High School, which retrofitted its lighting with assistance from the Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO). The school used WMECO's Classroom Lighting knowhow Series guide to develop a new and comprehensive lighting design. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Design Lights Consortium
CHPS Best Practices Manual
Abstract: CHPS has developed and maintains a six-volume technical best practices manual for high performance schools. The manual covers planning, design, high performance benchmarks, maintenance and operations, commissioning and relocatable classrooms in high performance schools. The manual was developed through a consensus process with the assistance of school officials, state agencies, industry representatives and design professionals. CHPS periodically updates each volume of the manual. The volumes are available for download at this web site (the majority of which is non-printable format), or you may order a hard copy of the manual at this site.
Abstract: Full color magazine covering all types of green building projects. Web site also includes links to podcasts and a weekly e-mail newsletter. 8x per year; Free to qualified subscribers.
Source: Eco Structure
Abstract: Now defunct newsletter of the Energy & Environmental Building Association. Back issues are available online in PDF format.
Source: Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
Environmental Building News
Abstract: Articles, reviews, and news stories covering energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices. Links to online features and other information are available at http://www.buildinggreen.com/index.html.
GLRPPR Educational Institutions Sector Resource
Abstract: This Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Sector Resource provides a compilation of annotated regional and national resources related to pollution prevention for educational institutions. In addition to general resources, those specific to air quality, alternative energy, athletic facilities, compliance assistance centers, green building/energy efficiency, integrated pest management (IPM), laboratories, lead, mercury, playgrounds, relevant P2Rx Topic hubs, and transportation are also provided. Also provides a list of regional contacts for further information, relevant news items, events, relevant Help Desk questions and answers, and funding opportunities. An RSS feed is available.
Source: Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider [PDF]
Abstract: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to "green" their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has been placed on prevention-oriented strategies, which are preferable to dealings with wastes and pollutants after the fact. The benefits of a green school program are outlined and management strategies are included. Sections include: energy use, indoor air quality, solid waste, hazardous materials, mercury use, laboratory waste, mold growth, water consumption, building construction/renovation, purchasing, pest management, groundskeeping, and food service. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: IL Environmental Protection Agency
Green Schools Project: Using Energy Efficiency to Strengthen Schools
Abstract: The Green Schools program helps schools use energy efficiently through building retrofits, changes in operational and maintenance routines, and changes in the behavior of building users. Students, teachers, custodians, administrators, and community partners all work together toward a common goal--saving energy and money. This web site includes information on how to start an energy efficiency program at your school, news, lesson plans, resources, an online forum for teachers, information for students, case studies, and information on sustainable school construction.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning
Abstract: Evidence has accumulated that shows that the quality of indoor environments can affect the health and productivity of adults and children. One consequence is that a movement has emerged to promote the design of schools that have fewer adverse environmental effects. To examine the potential of such design for improving education, several private organizations asked the National Research Council (NRC) to review and assess the health and productivity benefits of green schools. This report provides an analysis of the complexity of making such a determination; and an assessment of the potential human health and performance benefits of improvements in the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustical quality. The report also presents an assessment of the overall building condition and student achievement, and offers an analysis of and recommendations for planning and maintaining green schools including research considerations. (PDF Format; Length: 192 pages)
Source: National Academies Press, NRC
Green Seal Environmental Standard for Electric Chillers (GS-31) [PDF]
Abstract: This Standard establishes environmental performance requirements for 60 Hz, 3-phase, electric motor driven, vapor compression-type water-chilling packages or systems of 150 tons up to 2,000 tons in rated cooling capacity. These systems are commonly referred to as "chillers."
Source: Green Seal
Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Gregory Kats, this report is intended to answer this fundamental question: how much more do green schools cost, and is greening schools cost effective? This report documents the financial costs and benefits of green schools compared to conventional schools. This national review of 30 green schools demonstrates that green schools cost less than 2% more than conventional schools - or about $3 per square foot ($3/ft2) - but provide financial benefits that are 20 times as large. Greening school design provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: Capital E
Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT)
Abstract: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. [Note: EPA is using the term "district" to broadly describe any institutional system for managing multiple schools, whether they are public, private, tribal, charter or some variation.] The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEATv2) is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school. In addition to powerful software that can be used by districts to track any facility issues it chooses, EPA has also included critical elements of all of its regulatory and voluntary programs for schools, as well as web links to more detailed information. Districts and others can download HealthySEATv2 at no cost from the EPA web site. HealthySEATv2 is meant to be loaded and used on district computers; once it is downloaded from the EPA web site, HealthySEATv2 is yours to customize and use as you see fit. There are no reporting requirements and no obligation to use the checklist EPA has provided.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
High Performance School Q & A [PDF]
Abstract: High level answers to common questions regarding high performance schools. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact [PDF]
Abstract: The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practices that K-12 schools can voluntarily pursue to achieve greater environmental sustainability. Schools as well as districts can check off up to 12 practices to participate, including things on the list the school or district is already doing. Those who wish to participate should print two copies of the compact, have the principal sign the documents after checking off practices the school is now pursuing and aims to pursue, then mail both copies to: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Attn: Jon Zirkle, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200, Chicago, IL 60601-3220. Lt. Governor Quinn will sign both copies, keep one on file, then mail one copy back to the school.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact: Participating Schools
Abstract: A list of schools in Illinois that have signed the Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact. Short descriptions are available for the first schools that signed the Compact.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
Managing the Cost of Green Buildings: K-12 Public Schools; Research Laboratories; Public Libraries; Multi-family Affordable Housing
Abstract: This report describes how to control the costs of green building projects by summarizing the research done on that topic for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA), the California State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA), California's Sustainable Building Task Force, and the California Department of General Services (DGS). (PDF Format; Length: 88 pages)
Source: Alameda County Waste Management Authority
Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center (MBTAC)
Abstract: This web site is a project of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center with support from the National Association of State Energy Offices and the U.S. Department of Energy. MBTAC provides the Midwest States and their commercial building partners with the information, education, and technical assistance necessary to continue and expand, in a coordinated manner, the deployment of DOE Building Technology Program energy efficient technologies and practices. The "Market Sectors" section is similar to the GLRPPR Sector Resources. For each sector, an online library of resources (case studies, fact sheets, reports, articles, presentations, software tools, etc.), a listing of relevant events, and a list of relevant partnership efforts are provided. The "E-Line" is an online form for the submission of requests for technical assistance, information or other MBTAC offerings. A note on the site indicates that as questions are submitted to the E-line, the questions and answers will be cataloged and categorized for browsing as part of the sector-based libraries (similar to the way archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers are integrated into our Sector Resources). Sectors covered on the MBTAC site include: colleges & universities; K-12 schools; government buildings; commercial office buildings; health care; retail stores; hotels and motels; and multifamily residential buildings.
Source: Energy Center of Wisconsin & Univ. of Illinois--Chicago
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Abstract: Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools. The NCEF site provides extensive resource lists on various topics, which are grouped into the following broad categories: Preplanning, Planning, Design, School Spaces, School Grounds, Case Studies, Safe Schools, Healthy Schools, High Performance Schools, Technology, Materials & Equipment, School Construction, Financing, Building & Operating Costs, and Maintenance & Operations.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences
NRDC's Greening Advisor
Abstract: A guide designed to help any commercial business or organization reduce its environmental impacts. The principles outlined in the guide can help green commercial business operations and may even cut costs by showing how your business can produce less waste, consume less paper and energy, and use resources more efficiently. Topics include: Why Be Green?; Principles and Policies; Air Quality; Construction/Renovations /Interiors; Energy; Paper; Purchasing; Transportation + Accommodation; Waste Management; Water Quality; and Water Use.
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
NY-CHPS High Performance Schools Guidelines
Abstract: The State Education Department (SED) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) created these guidelines, known as the "Collaborative for High Performance Schools" (NY-CHPS), to encourage the use of energy efficient design when building and renovating schools. NY-CHPS will help schools develop and maintain learning environments that contribute to improved academic achievement while reducing operating costs and protecting and conserving our natural resources. Schools built according to the NY-CHPS guidelines are durable, easy to maintain, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable. These improvements contribute to a better learning environment that has been shown to contribute to reduced absenteeism and better teacher and staff retention. Main sections of the guidelines cover the school site, water, energy, materials, indoor air quality, O&M, and "extra credit" considerations. SED and NYSERDA established an Advisory Council to help guide the creation of the NY-CHPS guidelines. That Advisory Council consisted of members of the following groups: the Council of School Superintendents, the Association of School Business Officials, the Association of Educational Safety and Health Professionals, the Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds Association, the New York State Department of Health, the Healthy Schools Network, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the American Institute of Architects. The guidelines are available for download in PDF Format (Length: 145 pages) at the URL listed here.
Source: NYSERDA and NY SED
Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
Abstract: This resource provides strategies, tips and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on decreasing their contribution to climate change. These actions also promote economic development, build healthier communities, and strengthen energy self-reliance. A consortium of more than 20 cities, counties, non-profits, state and federal agencies, and utilities has produced the first phase of this Playbook to help promote the goals set out in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Users can select from Green Buildings, Green Neighborhoods or Green Infrastructure -- and within these topics choose Learn, Plan, or Act options. The Playbook is designed both for communities that are considering taking first steps, as well as for those who want to take existing efforts to a new level. It is evolving as material is improved and added. Extremely easy to browse and navigate, the site is packed with information and photographs. A well-designed search screen has four ways to sift contents of the web site, allowing selection of just the right type of resource, organized under: case studies; model policy, codes and resolutions; presentations and speaking points; reports; software; training and training guides; and resource organizations. Information is also organized under other categories, including principles, approaches, setting goals, indicators, barriers, mainstreaming innovation, leading actions, multiple benefits, policy levers, facts and figures, definitions and FAQs.
Schools and the Opportunity to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Abstract: On January 9th, 2008, CHPS called together a group of stakeholders to discuss schools and their impact on climate change, and how CHPS can address greenhouse gas emissions in its 2009 Criteria revision. Presenters discussed greenhouse gas emissions and buildings, calculating emissions, building and policy solutions and model programs in other building sectors. This web pages presents key findings from the meeting, the stakeholders that participated in the meeting, presentation slides, and links to climate change resources.
Source: Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Abstract: The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) is designed to encourage for-profit small business owners, design professionals, and building contractors to incorporate renewable energy systems and energy conservation practices. SEDAC is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Community and Economic Opportunity and is managed by the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois and the 360 Energy Group.
Source: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
St. Catherine of Genoa School--Demonstrating Lighting [PDF]
Abstract: This Design Lights Consortium case study profiles St. Catherine of Genoa School in Somerville, MA. The school retrofitted its lighting and now uses dual-technology occupancy sensors and direct-indirect pendants with T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Design Lights Consortium
The Best Management Practices (BMP) Catalog
Abstract: The BMP Catalog was designed to enhance EPA's Environmental Management System (EMS) Guide for Colleges and Universities. The case studies included in the BMP Catalog are intended to assist colleges and universities achieve compliance and beyond compliance goals such as pollution prevention, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship. The Catalog addresses topics including (but not limited to) energy efficiency, green building practices, and pollution prevention.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
UIUC LibGuide: Green/Sustainable Building
Abstract: This reference guide includes links to both popular materials and more technical information. It is not an exhaustive list and it includes information that will help you continue research at your local library. Includes news; books and periodicals; products and services; associations and meetings; newsgroups and e-mail lists; and web sites. Pages or the entire guide may be printed for future reference and convenience. Developed and maintained by WMRC Librarian/GLRPPR Help Desk Librarian Laura Barnes.
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
USGBC Build Green Schools
Abstract: Launched on October 16, 2007 by the U.S. Green Building Council, this site is filled with profiles of schools that have already gone green, examples of policies governments and school districts have instituted to ensure future schools are green, and a social networking site for visitors to share their experiences, best practices, and creative ideas. The "Resources" section includes videos and slideshows, project profiles, publications, links to research related to green school buildings and their benefits, and links to related green building web sites. A special section outlines LEED for schools and related resources, including a link to a free LEED for Schools 101 online course.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
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