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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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/

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

Sustainable Flooring: Successful Community Partnerships Build Sustainable School Buildings
Abstract: Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colo., embarked on a mission: to work with designers in creating a high-performance school that not only set new standards in education facility design, but also stayed within the restraints of a typical school budget. To achieve this goal, the district chose to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its new Fossil Ridge High School. The result: A state-of-the-art, 290,000-square-foot building with capacity for 1,800 students--all of whom will learn in an environmentally responsible, healthy building that's saving the school district money. Case study written by Lee H. Schilling. Source: Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) Magazine, May 20, 2008; also available in the print June 2008 edition of the magazine.
Source: Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) Magazine
URL: http://www.edcmag.com/CDA/Articles/Sustainable_Flooring/BNP_
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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

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/

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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