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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
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
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)
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