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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
URL: http://www.ase.org/section/topic/schoolenergy/

Automatic Transition
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
URL: http://athleticbusiness.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=
445&zoneid=10

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.
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/DetailPage.aspx?ID=253

Building Minds, Minding Buildings [PDF]
Abstract: Rodent and roach infestation, mice droppings, mold that has caused mushrooms to grow, asbestos, extreme heat or cold in classrooms, severe overcrowding, and nonfunctional bathrooms are just some examples of the appalling physical conditions found in thousands of our nation's public schools, a American Federation of Teachers (AFT) report revealed. These conditions are adversely affecting millions of students and school staff -- and potentially every student and school employee who walks through the doors of our public schools. The research is unequivocal: Poor building conditions are a serious threat to the health and academic performance of students. Achievement is significantly lower in schools with poor conditions, studies show. Likewise, asthma induced by mold and other indoor air quality problems is an increasingly prevalent school health issue and a major contributor to student and staff absenteeism. Things don't have to be this way. Schools can be modernized or built from scratch using proven, cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions. Many schools already are meeting these high standards, serving as models to others. The AFT believes that healthy, well-maintained schools that are conducive to learning cannot be reserved for select communities; they must be part of the academic agenda for every American student. This 28-page PDF contains an introduction, the problem, the consequences, the elements, recommendations and a conclusion.
Source: American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
URL: http://www.aft.org/topics/building-conditions/downloads/mind
ing-bldgs.pdf

CampusERC
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
URL: http://www.campuserc.org

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
URL: http://www.designlights.org/downloads/Cathedral%20High.pdf

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.
Source: CHPS
URL: http://www.chps.net/manual/index.htm#BPM

Design Share: Case Studies
Abstract: Since 2000, over 400 award-winning case studies have been collected that showcase the most innovative learning environments from over 30 different countries. These include early learning facilities and alternative learning environments as well as elementary, middle school and high schools from around the country.
Source: Design Share, Designing for the Future of Learning
URL: http://www.designshare.com/index.php/case-studies

E, The Environmental Magazine: Colleges Go Green (March/April 2008 Edition,Volume XIX, No. 2)
Abstract: This edition of E includes articles on environmental initiatives on the campuses of colleges and universities, including climate initiatives and expressing concerns to legislators. An article called "Sustainability on the Menu" discusses the use of organic and locally grown food for campus dining services, as well as composting waste from those services. There are also sidebars on water conservation, students creating sustainable solutions, and case studies of green projects at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. for students hoping to choose an environmentally progressive school.
Source: E, The Environmental Magazine
URL: http://www.emagazine.com/index.php?toc&issue=137

Eco Structure
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
URL: http://www.eco-structure.com/

EcoCalculator
Abstract: EcoCalculator give architects, engineers and others access to instant LCA results for hundreds of common building assemblies. The results embedded in the tool are based on detailed assessments completed with the ATHENA(R) Impact Estimator for Buildings, which in turn uses ATHENA datasets and data from the US Life Cycle Inventory Database.
Source: Athena Institute
URL: http://www.athenasmi.ca/tools/ecoCalculator/index.html

Education for Sustainable Development
Abstract: This is an integrated curriculum for elementary, middle and high school that addresses education for sustainable development. This introduces the concept of sustainability.
Source: Virginia's Education for Sustainable Development
URL: http://susdev.agecon.vt.edu/curriculum.htm

EEBA News
Abstract: Now defunct newsletter of the Energy & Environmental Building Association. Back issues are available online in PDF format.
Source: Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
URL: http://www.eeba.org/media/newsletter/index.html

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.
Source: BuildingGreen.com
URL: https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C)
Abstract: Bi-monthly magazine covering the green building industry.
Source: BNP Media
URL: http://www.edcmag.com/

Environmental Virtual Campus
Abstract: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number of issues. Areas covered include arts/theater areas, cafeterias, dormitories, drains/sewers, grounds/vehicles, labs, medical areas, power plants and waste storage. Use the Content List part of the site as an index or site map. Lists of acronyms, useful links and a glossary are also included.
Source: MIT and the U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.c2e2.org/evc/home.html

EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools For Schools
Abstract: Twenty percent of the U.S. population spends their days in elementary and secondary schools. And while most parents and teachers would probably accuse schools of being germ factories, that persistent cough and sniffles may not be the result of the latest bug going around. Studies show that half of our nation's 115,000 schools have problems linked to air quality. To help combat indoor air quality problems, EPA has created the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Kit. Printed materials included in the kit are available for download from this web site in html or pdf format. Ordering information for the video portion of the kit is included.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/actionkit.html

Final Specification for High-Efficiency Lavatory (Bathroom Sink) Faucets
Abstract: EPA released a final specification on October 1, 2007, for high-efficiency bathroom sink faucets and faucet accessories (e.g., aerators). Manufacturers that produce faucets and aerators meeting WaterSense efficiency and performance criteria can apply to have their products certified and earn the WaterSense label. Before submitting products for testing, manufacturers must have a partnership agreement with EPA in place. In order to earn the WaterSense label, faucets must be independently tested and certified by a licensed certifying body to meet EPA's water-efficiency and performance criteria. To meet the criteria, faucets and accessories such as aerators cannot flow at a rate of more than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), or less than 0.8 gpm. Working with stakeholders, EPA chose a rate that ensures both water savings and that the faucet flow rate will continue to meet the needs of the user. WaterSense labeled faucets not only save water, but the have the added benefit of saving energy used to treat, pump, and heat water. This web site includes information for manufacturers hoping to become WaterSense partners and the product and program specifications.
Source: U.S. EPA WaterSense Program
URL: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/specs/faucet_final.htm

Fleet Vehicle Maintenance (GC-10)
Abstract: This criteria document establishes environmental requirements for the maintenance of fleets of vehicles, primarily light-duty, used for services.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/certification/standards/fleet_vehic
le_maintenance_GS_10.cfm

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)
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/gltopichub.cfm?sectorid=17

Green Clean Schools
Abstract: A project of the Healthy Schools Campaign, this web site features online access to portions of the free HSC publication, The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. The site also features related news, events and educational opportunities; success stories; regulatory and market updates; featured green cleaning products and equipment; and a question-and-answer style column called Ask Steve, written by Steve Ashkin, president of the Ashkin Group, nationally renowned green cleaning expert and author of The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
URL: http://healthyschoolscampaign.org/campaign/green_clean_schoo
ls/

Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator
Abstract: The Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products. It is designed to forecast the environmental benefits of reducing chemical use by doing some or all pollution prevention measures typically involved in the routine interior cleaning of an office building. This tool also enables users to identify which green cleaning measures will have the greatest impact in reducing their use of hazardous chemicals and in preventing pollution. The Calculator's output applies only to standard office cleaning products and practices, and does not apply to other building maintenance issues, such as equipment maintenance, pest control, or landscaping activities.
Source: Office of the Federal Environmental Executive
URL: http://ofee.gov/janitor/index.asp

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
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/green-illinois/green-schools/gree
n-schools-checklist.pdf

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
URL: http://www.ase.org/section/program/greenschl/

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
URL: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11756#description

Green Seal Environmental Standard for Cleaning Services (GS-42) [PDF]
Abstract: This Standard establishes requirements for cleaning service providers, including in-house and external cleaning services, to create a green cleaning program that protects human health and the environment. For the purposes of this Standard, green cleaning encompasses all indoor activities typically required to clean commercial, public, and industrial buildings. Maintenance of exterior areas such as parking lots, grounds, or picnic areas is excluded from the Standard, with the exception of areas directly outside building entryways. This Standard does not cover residential buildings.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/certification/cleaning_services_gs_
42.pdf

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
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/certification/standards/electric_ch
illers_GS_31.pdf

Green Seal Environmental Standards
Abstract: Green Seal bases its work on thorough, state-of-the-art scientific evaluations using internationally accepted methodologies. Product evaluations are conducted using a life-cycle approach to ensure that all significant environmental impacts of a product are considered, from raw materials extraction through manufacturing to use and disposal. Wherever possible, Green Seal standards cite international test methods for evaluating product performance or environmental attributes such as toxicity, and its procedures conform to international standards for ecolabelling. In developing environmental standards and certifying products, Green Seal follows the Guiding Principles and Procedures for Type I Environmental Labeling adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14024). Green Seal has played an important role in helping to shape policy at the national and international levels in the practice and use of ecolabeling and environmental product standards. We were instrumental in the development of ecolabelling policy standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) under the ISO 14000 environmental management series. ISO standards are intended to harmonize standard-setting activities and to avoid international disagreements. Learn more about Green Seal's environmental standards.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/certification/environmental.cfm

Green Seal Green Facilities Partnership [PDF]
Abstract: The aims of the Partnership are to provide recognition and, if requested, technical assistance to organizations that are working to implement environmentally preferable operations and maintenance practices. The Green Facilities Partnership is not a standard-based certification program; rather, the partnership provides recognition based on implementation of an action plan that is specific to each partner organizations particular challenges and opportunities. The Green Facilities Partnership is intended to complement established green building certification programs, in particular the US Green Building Council's LEED rating systems. In order to achieve the highest level of the partnership--Green Facilities Champion--organization will be expected to make all reasonable efforts to achieve LEED certification for its operations and maintenance program.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/programs/Green_Facilities_Partnersh
ip.pdf

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
URL: http://www.cap-e.com/ewebeditpro/items/O59F9819.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/index.html

Healthy Schools: Lessons for a Clean Educational Environment [PDF]
Abstract: More than 53 million children and 6 million adults in the United States spend their days in our elementary and secondary schools. Reducing environmental risks inside these buildings is critical to maintaining the public health. Almost all of New England's children will spend a large portion of their childhood in school. To help our children stay healthy, we must reduce their exposure to environmental hazards in school environments. When students and their teachers are healthy and comfortable, children learn and produce more in the classroom, which in turn improves performance and achievement later in life. This brochure can help school employees and parents recognize potential environmental health issues at schools, both indoors and outdoors. It includes basic information about a broad range of topics, and links to web sites that offer more information and guidance on how to have a healthier school environment and comply with relevant laws. EPA's Healthy School Environments web site provides access to programs that help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/NE/children/pdfs/healthy_schools.pdf

High Performance School Q & A [PDF]
Abstract: High level answers to common questions regarding high performance schools. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/graphics/assets/documents/QandA_
Final.pdf

High Performance Schools
Abstract: US EPA's Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools defines High Performance Schools, explains the benefits and characteristics of high performance schools as well as financing these schools. The tools address design phases, controlling pollutants and sources as well as construction, commissioning, renovation and much more.
Source: US EPA's IAQ Design Tools for Schools
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schooldesign/highperformance.html

High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide: Beyond Green
Abstract: This nationally vetted and easy-to-read guidebook describes the characteristics and benefits of high-performance school buildings and details the process to help school planners ask the right questions of their design professionals to ensure the best school design possible. Written primarily for those who make decisions about the design and construction of K-12 schools, the 96-page Guide is useful for community leaders, parents, teachers, architects and engineers, and anyone else advocating for school buildings that are cost-effective, sustainable, and healthy and productive for students, teachers, and staff. The third edition includes an introductory foreword; a special focus about accessibility in K-12 schools; a Beyond Green case study of Radnor Middle School, Wayne, Pa.; and seven key project objectives—cost effectiveness, accessibility, productivity and health, historic preservation, safety and security, functionality and aesthetics. Publisher: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, Washington, D.C. Author: Deanne Evans, FAIA. Price: $55 (U.S.).
Source: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
URL: http://www.sbicouncil.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlen
br=115

Historic Schools
Abstract: Concern for the loss of schools provided incentive to develop case studies and guidelines for preserving historic schools and for creating more sustainable school design, even in older schools.
Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation
URL: http://www.nationaltrust.org/issues/schools/

Illinois Resource Guide for Healthy High Performing School Buildings
Abstract: This free resource guide is designed to introduce school districts to the latest ideas and strategies aimed at improving the health and efficiency of new and old schools.

For school officials, community leaders and concerned parents interested in building schools with lower-cost, high-efficiency systems.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
URL: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/ilhhpsb/form.php

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
URL: http://www.standingupforillinois.org/pdf/green/sustainable_s
chool_compact_012908.pdf

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
URL: http://www.standingupforillinois.org/green/gs_schools.php#sc
hools

LEED for Schools
Abstract: The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Based on LEED for New Construction, it addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children's health issues, LEED for Schools provides a unique, comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green, with measurable results. LEED for Schools is the recognized third-party standard for high performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.
Source: US Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1586

Lessons in Efficiency
Abstract: Anyone who is in contact with children—be they a teacher or a parent—knows one of the most successful ways to create social change is to start with the youth. Of the many efforts conducted throughout the US to create "greener" schools, water efficiency is one of the pivotal factors. Three of the 10 largest school districts are in Florida, which has been under water conservation measures for months. The fifth-largest school district is in Clark County, NV, another focus of water use concerns. Throughout the US, many governmental water agencies are partnering with local school districts in identifying and addressing water waste issues. Article by Carol Brzozowksi, Water Efficiency, March 2008.
Source: Water Efficiency
URL: http://www.waterefficiency.net/march-2008/lessons-efficiency
-schools.aspx

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
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=5049

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
URL: http://www.ecw.org/mwbuildings/

Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide Version 2.0
Abstract: The Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide educates and assists architects, building owners, occupants, educators, students, and the general public concerning sustainable building design. The Guide is a design tool that can be used to overlay environmental issues on the design, construction, and operation of both new and renovated facilities. It can be used to set sustainable design priorities and goals; develop appropriate sustainable design strategies; and to determine performance measures to guide the sustainable design and decision-making processes. It can also be used as a management tool to organize and structure environmental concerns during the design, construction, and operations phases. The Guide was developed by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Source: University of Minnesota
URL: http://www.sustainabledesignguide.umn.edu/

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
URL: http://www.edfacilities.org/

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
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/enterprise/greeningadvisor/

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
URL: http://emsc33.nysed.gov/facplan/

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.
Source: Greenplaybook.org
URL: http://www.greenplaybook.org/

Report Card for a High Performance School [PDF]
Abstract: Report to your community how your school is doing regarding high performance building attributes. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/graphics/assets/documents/Report
-Card_Final.pdf

Safe Shops Tool Kit
Abstract: The Boston Public Health Commission's Safe Shops Tool Kit was developed to describe how the Safe Shops Project was created and to provide other communities which are also working toward goals of environmental health and pollution prevention in auto shops the tools and resources necessary to start or compliment initiatives of their own. Tool Kit sections include: Safe Shops Case Study; Develop & Sustain Partnerships; Identifying Shops; Creating an Educational Program; Addressing Health Disparities; Auto Shop Links & Resources; Apply for Funding Resources; and Providing Incentives. The Tool Kit can be downloaded in its entirety in a zip file at the address listed above. You can also view the sections online and download documents associated with each section separately. Please note that other auto shop educational material and information about the Safe Shops Project can be found at http://www.bphc.org/safeshops.
Source: Boston Public Health Commission
URL: http://www.bphc.org/bphc/safeshops_toolkit.asp

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)
URL: http://www.chps.net/manual/climate/index.htm

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
URL: http://smartenergy.arch.uiuc.edu/html/who.html

Society of Building Science Educators
Abstract: The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies. SBSE's goal of promoting and supporting quality instruction in building science is realized through a broad range of practical activities.
Source: SBSE
URL: http://www.sbse.org/about_sbse.htm

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
URL: http://www.designlights.org/downloads/St.%20Catherine%20Tech
%20Sheet.pdf

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council School Buildings Program
Abstract: The SBIC schools program addresses three key questions: What is a high-performance school building?;Why is it valuable?;and,How can they be achieved in the community? SBIC's program is unique because it speaks directly to the procurement specialists, school board members, superintendents and district officials, and community advocates who seek high-performance schools and because it goes Beyond Green(TM) honing in on critical issues like accessibility, safety and security, durability, and classroom acoustics - perhaps one of the most challenging issues facing educators today. The centerpiece of the program is the third edition of the High-Performance School Buildings Resource & Strategy Guide and the two-day Beyond Green(TM) companion workshop. In addition, the Council has created on-line training for NYSERDA and an Information & Training Center for those seeking to promote these facilities.
Source: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
URL: http://www.sbicouncil.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlen
br=98

Sustainable Design for Schools
Abstract: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Center's report on the practical application of sustainable school design. Includes information related to sustainable school design (lighting, acoustics, air quality, and well-being needs) and student performance; three case studies; a bibliography; and links for more inforamtion.
Source: PPRC
URL: http://www.pprc.org/pubs/schools/

Sustainable Schools
Abstract: The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is committed to helping schools create high performance educational facilities that will ensure the optimal health and productivity of students and faculty. This website provides a diverse collection of sustainable building resources including the numerous benefits, guidelines, programs, case studies, relevant publications, funding options/incentives, and plenty more! The site is geared toward those interested and involved in designing, developing, and constructing high performance schools, such as school administrators and board officials, developers, architects, planners, researchers, teachers, parents, and others.
Source: Division of the California State Architect
URL: http://www.green.ca.gov/GreenBuildings/schools.htm

The Ashkin Group, LLC
Abstract: The Ashkin Group is dedicated to creating healthier, more productive indoor environments with lower burdens on natural systems, while creating sustainable value for its clients. The company's commitment to Green Cleaning is more than business, it is a passion, a calling, a mission in life - to transform the cleaning industry.
Source: The Ashkin Group, LLC
URL: http://www.ashkingroup.com/

The Benefits of Natural Landscaping [PDF]
Abstract: Guide explaining the economic, environmental, and community benefits of natural landscaping. Natural landscaping is the planting or preservation of native vegetation in ways that help retain or augmentnatural landscape features, such as wetlands, prairies or woodlands. Natural landscaping can be applied in nearly any public green space, from parks to school grounds to municipal building lawns.
Source: Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council
URL: http://iledi.org/ppa/docs/00/00/00/00/15/15/Landscaping.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ne/assistance/univ/bmpcatalog.html

The High Performance School Design Charrette [PDF]
Abstract: How-to-guide on organizing and running a design charrette. Helps define what it is, when it should occur, who should participate, role of the owner, and desired outcomes. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: Betterbricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/graphics/assets/documents/BB_Web
_schools.pdf

The Sustainable Sites Initiative
Abstract: On Oct. 6, 2007, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden announced the development of a new rating system for sustainable landscape design, called the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Just as the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® rating system measures a building's environmental impact, the Sites Initiative will measure the sustainability of designed landscapes of all types, including public, commercial and residential projects. The U.S. Green Building Council is lending its support to this project and plans to adopt the Sustainable Sites metrics into its LEED® system once they are finished. The Sustainable Sites Initiative web site provides the rationale for the project, an overview of the scope, products and review process, tips, project history, information on partners, and links to draft reports when they become available.
Source: ASLA and partners
URL: http://www.sustainablesites.org/

U.S. EPA Healthy School Environments Portal
Abstract: The Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Included on these pages are links to information on: the design, construction and renovation of school buildings; energy efficiency for schools; environmental education; facility operations and maintenance; indoor environmental air quality; legislation and regulations related to children's environmental health; outdoor air pollution; portable classrooms; safety and preparedness; waste issues, including recycling, waste reduction and composting; and water issues. The site also provides quick links to relevant U.S. EPA programs. The portal site also provides information about an assessment tool that EPA is developing to help school districts evaluate their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues in an effort to promote the health and safety of children and staff in the nation's 120,000+ public and private school facilities.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/

U.S. EPA School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)
Abstract: The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals. By using the tools provided on this site and pulling together a team with a variety of perspectives, expertise, and resources you can develop a successful chemical management program. Schools, parents, and local organizations can partner to create a chemical management program that meets the unique needs of their schools. SC3 is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/sc3/

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
URL: http://uiuc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=2484&sid=12261

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)
URL: http://www.buildgreenschools.org/

Water Use in Buildings: Achieving Business Performance Benefits Through Efficiency
Abstract: This 40-page printed report (available as hard copy or PDF) reviews the role of water efficiency in buildings. Among other topics, the report covers: involvement and importance of water efficiency, business benefits of water-efficient practices and methods, drivers and obstacles to water efficiency, types of water-efficient products and methods and sources of information behind product selection and use. Price $189.00 (U.S.; as of 6/3/09).
Source: McGraw Hill Construction
URL: http://construction.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0249-307522_ITM
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Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program
Abstract: Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools program is a web-based, voluntary program available to all public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across Wisconsin. The program encourages teachers, staff, students and parents to work together to use the school, its grounds, and the whole community as learning tools to help teach, promote, and apply healthy, safe and environmentally sound practices. There is no time limit for completing the program. You can move at your own pace. Educators, administrators, staff and students use Green & Healthy School resources with DNR and DPI support to assist with curriculum integration, community involvement, and implementation.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/greenschools/index.htm

 


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