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Green Schools: What are they and how can we get there?

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 27, 2008

Have you ever wondered how you could help our Piedmont schools become more “green”?

The Beach Parents’ Organization’s
Green Committee

Invites parents, teachers, community and school leaders from all the Piedmont schools to a presentation and community discussion of:

Green Schools:

What are they? How can we get there?

Thursday, May 8th 7:15-8:45 pm at the Beach School Auditorium

Presentation and Slideshow by Deborah Moore, Executive Director of the Green Schools Initiative on

  • 7 Steps to a Green School : How have other schools “gone green” and what are some of the best practices for organizing this process?
  • The 4 Pillars of a green school:
    • Strive for a toxics-free environment
    • Use resources sustainably
    • Create a green and healthy space
    • Teach students to be stewards of their communities, the earth, and its resources

    Presentations by parents from each Piedmont school (Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Middle School, High School and Millennium) on

    • Current green efforts at the schools (successes and challenges)

    Discussion

    • How can we coordinate our efforts and move forward together?
  • This is a great opportunity to make connections with each other and to start putting the Piedmont schools on the map within the national trend towards greener schools!

    For more information or to let us know that you want to participate, contact Margaret Ovenden at movenden@sbcglobal.net

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One Response to “Green Schools: What are they and how can we get there?”

  1. trood said

    LEED Silver Schools for Piedmont

    We, the undersigned, request that all new or substantially reconstructed schools in the city of Piedmont, beginning conform to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools standards. We urge the Piedmont School Board to commit to achieving, at a minimum, a LEED for Schools Silver certification for the new Havens School.

    Numerous studies have demonstrated the significant quantitative benefits of green schools. For example, one study (1) revealed a positive correlation between green schools and lower operating costs and reduced adverse health effects. Findings show that:
    * Green schools use an average of 33% less energy than conventional schools.
    * Green schools use an average of 32% less water than conventional schools.
    * Schools with improved air quality have an average of 38.5% reduction in asthma.
    * Green schools cost less than 2% more to build than conventional schools – or about $3 per square foot – but provide financial benefits that are 20 times as large.

    Another study (2) involving more than 21,000 students showed a dramatic correlation between daylit school environments and stronger student performance. These findings demonstrate:
    * 20% faster progression in math.
    * 26% faster progression in reading.
    * Views out of windows increased academic performance by 5-10%.

    In addition to a healthier indoor environment, increased academic performance, reduced adverse health effects, and lower operating expenses, green schools are better for the environment. Green schools use less energy, less water, incorporate non-toxic materials, and can make positive contributions to the local ecosystems. Green schools can also serve as a teaching instrument themselves, showcasing green technologies to students and local communities.

    By improving the learning environment and saving the school system money, green schools can improve the futures of thousands of students while showing environmental leadership and fiscal responsibility.

    Please sign this petition and help make greener Piedmont schools a reality.

    (1) “Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits.” Gregory Kats, Capital E. (October 2006)
    (2) “Daylighting in Schools,” Heschong Mahone Group. (August 1999)

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