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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Alliance to Save Energy: About Green Schools
Abstract: The Green Schools Program engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Arizona Launches Initiative to Benchmark Every K-12 School for Energy Efficiency
Abstract: The Arizona Energy Office, in cooperation with the State of Arizona School Facilities Board, is launching the K-12 Benchmarking Initiative in an effort to benchmark every school building in the state. The goal is for each school to obtain an ENERGY STAR rating. School facilities managers will start by entering energy data for each school into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which is a national database of energy consumption in schools. This tool allows school facilities managers to compare the energy efficiency of their schools with others. Using these data and recommendations from the Arizona Energy Office and ENERGY STAR, school managers can develop a plan to prioritize investments in energy efficiency. The next step is to carry out the plan, and finally, to evaluate progress. The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager guides schools through each of these steps.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy State Energy Program
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Abstract: The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.
Source: Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Go Green Initiative
Abstract: The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation.
Source: Go Green Initiative
Green Building/High Performance Schools - Case Studies
Abstract: Contains links to numerous case studies of green schools.
Source: Illinois EPA
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
Abstract: Greening Schools is a joint project of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC). This program is designed to assist schools with improving physical environmental conditions, while also providing teachers with standards-based tools to introduce concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention to students. The program offers free technical assistance to all Illinois schools, public and private. The program?s Web site offers pollution prevention, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and related resources for all school personnel, including teachers, administrators, and facility managers.
Source: IEPA & WMRC
Healthy Schools Campaign Newsletter
Abstract: Articles related to green and healthy schools.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
High Performance Schools Exchange: Case Studies
Abstract: Includes a list of case studies on 60 schools that have been recently constructed, renovated, or are currently under construction and have incorporated high performance techniques into their design.
Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Historic Neighborhood Schools Success Stories
Abstract: Contains examples, showing how people across the country preserved these architectural landmarks, held onto neighborhood anchors, and created uniquely enriching educational settings.
Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Illinois Green Schools Program
Abstract: The Illinois EPA has several programs that are designed to improve the ability of schools to provide a safe and healthy environment for all those who use their facilities.
Source: Illinois EPA
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
Indoor Air Quality - Case Studies
Abstract: Includes case studies in which indoor air quality issues were addressed in the design, construction or renovation of a school facility.
Michigan Healthy Schools Program
Abstract: The Michigan Healthy Schools Program focuses on waste reduction and pollution prevention on school campuses, and encourages safety for students, teachers and building staff, as well as the environment.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Myth and Reality: A Study of Excess Space in the District of Columbia Public High Schools
Abstract: The report suggests that high schools should undergo a careful individualized space before planning begins.
Source: 21st Century School Fund
Myths about Energy in Schools [PDF]
Abstract: This document looks at some of the myths and misconceptions about energy in schools, and provides the facts that can help school districts make smart energy
Source: Energy Smart Schools
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
Oregon High Performance School Program
Abstract: The Oregon High Performance School Program offers technical assistance, best practices research, design guidelines and financing to encourage, support, and ensure that new schools constructed in Oregon over the next few years are high performance schools. These schools will form the foundation of a new model for Oregon schools that will be safe, effective, and affordable to operate. The buildings will be designed to provide comfort and a healthy environment for students and staff and at the same time achieve the highest-level of energy and resource efficiency. The extra cost of constructing this type of school should be less than 4 percent of building a typical school building. Web site includes case studies and project reports.
Source: Oregon Department of Energy
Oregon School Energy Audits Initiative
Abstract: In January 2011, Governor Kitzhaber directed the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) to launch a comprehensive School Energy Audit Initiative. By conducting comprehensive energy audits of school facilities, the state can lay the foundation for a more comprehensive approach to energy efficiency at Oregon's public schools. ODOE staff members have now contacted all school districts with schools that are eligible for the Governor's School Energy Audit Initiative. The audits will be conducted at no cost to the schools or community as they will be funded by Oregon’s federal stimulus program (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). The schools to be audited are those that receive their electricity from Oregon's Consumer Owned Utilities and Idaho Power. Schools that receive their electricity from Oregon's Investor Owned Utilities (Portland General Electric and Pacific Power) receive Public Purpose Charges and have had energy audits as directed by Senate Bill 1149.
Source: Oregon Department of Energy
Abstract: Includes information on the school construction grant program for constructing and renovating schools in Illinois.
Source: Illinois State Board of Education
School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs [PDF]
Abstract: Prepared by Princeton Energy Resource International, HPowell Energy Associates and the Alliance to Save Energy, this guidebook is designed for K-12 school system business officials and facilities managers. It is designed to meet the specific needs of school district staff for integrating energy efficiency into school building operation and maintenance by not only providing technical information, but also organizational information on barriers, challenges, and the necessary steps required to develop this type of energy management program within the school district organizational structure. The guide also provides case studies and identifies common practices that have been successful in a wide variety of American school districts. (PDF Format; Length: 132 pages)
Source: PERI, HPowell Energy Associates, ASE
Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)
Abstract: Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program to help K-12 schools save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, awareness materials, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings. SEE provides schools with the strategies, resources, and support necessary to implement an energy management program. The program is meant to be flexible and can be customized to fit the needs of your school district. Though the program primarily serves school districts in Minnesota, districts from other states are welcome to inquire about the program as well.
Source: Hallberg Engineering, Inc.
What's Your School Energy Policy?
Abstract: Getting your school district to start saving energy and money may be as simple as putting in writing a few logical energy guidelines.
Source: Watt Watchers of Texas