Sustainable School Design: Key Contacts
This section lists key individuals and organizations able to assist with questions related to pollution prevention and sustainable school design. Additional contacts are available in the GLRPPR Contacts Database
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
142 Minna Street, Second floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
The mission of the Collaborative of High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities needed for a quality education. CHPS helps facilitate and inspire change in our educational system. The goals of CHPS are to: increase student performance with better-designed and healthier facilities; raise awareness of the impact and advantages of high performance school design; provide design professionals with better tools to facilitate effective design; increase school energy and resource efficiency; and reduce peak electric loads.
U.S. Green Building Council--Build Green Schools
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036
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.
Healthy Schools Network
773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. is a not for profit education and research organization dedicated to securing policies and actions that will create schools that are environmentally responsible to children, personnel, and to their communities. Centered on children's environmental health, Healthy Schools Network activities include information, education, and coalition building. It was founded in late 1994 as the New York Healthy Schools Network, a broad-based colation of parent, environment, public health, and education groups united in support of the New York State Regents Guiding Principles of School Environmental Quality. Since 1996 it has operated a nationally unique Healthy Schools/Healthy Kids Information and Referral Clearinghouse to help parents and others protect children and help local schools improve their environmental conditions and practices.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency School Programs
School Programs, Indoor Environments Division, Office of Air and Radiation (6609J), US Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20460
More than 53 million children and about 6 million adults spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private school buildings. Many of these buildings are old and in poor condition, and may contain environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased risks to the health of children and staff. The EPA Healthy Schools Evnironments web site is designed to provide one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Program
US Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR Hotline (6202J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460
888-STAR-YES / (888-782-7937)
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Alliance to Save Energy
1850 M Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate. To carry out its mission, the Alliance to Save Energy undertakes research, educational programs, and policy advocacy, designs and implements energy-efficiency projects, promotes technology development and deployment, and builds public-private partnerships, in the U.S. and other countries.
Go Green Initiative
P.O. Box 1604, Pleasanton, CA 94566
The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation. Founded in 2002, the Go Green Initiative unites parents, students, teachers and school administrators in an effort to make real and lasting changes in their campus communities that will protect children and the environment for years to come.
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)
One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
The Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) assists Illinois industries, businesses, and citizens to reduce and manage waste. ISTC continues to maintain the Greening Schools web site and the related listserv, which grew out of a joint project with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. See http://www.greeningschools.org.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Green Schools Programs
1021 North Grand Avenue East, P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276
Recognizing that a school's physical environment may have a significant impact on children's health and safety, 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. In addition, IEPA is working to help schools educate the next generation on the value of caring for the environment.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Sustainable Education Project (ISTEP)
Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 620 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701
The Bureau of Energy and Recycling has developed a new integrated approach to our once separate energy and recycling education programs. New efforts in education will now fall under one program -- the Illinois Sustainable Education Project (ISTEP). This new integrated approach will focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and the process of recycling as key learning examples of resource conservation and environmental stewardship. The program will continue to emphasize the link between energy, recycling, the economy, and the environment and will provide Illinois students and teachers with the necessary information to make informed decisions. ISTEP offers educational resources, including hands-on inquiry kits, bookmarks, and posters. ISTEP materials incorporate energy efficiency and recycling into a variety of subjects including literacy, math, social science, and fine art.
Illinois Lt. Governor's Office/Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council
Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200, Chicago, IL 60601-3220
The Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council consists of members representing 15 state agencies and serves to improve the sustainability of Illinois government operations and policies. Chaired by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, the Council helps the more than 70 state agencies, boards and commissions adopt a "greener" way of delivering services to Illinois residents. Information on the Council's school-related initiatives, such as the Green Cleaning Schools Act and the Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact, is available at the URL listed above.
Healthy Schools Campaign
175 N. Franklin, Third Floor, Chicago, IL 60606
Healthy Schools Campaign advocates for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance
100 N. Senate Ave., Mail Code 64-00, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251
It is the goal of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance to develop and foster within the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's environmental protection efforts an emphasis on environmentally and economically sound approaches to achieve environmental results. This includes proactively providing resources for source reduction, re-use and recycling, voluntary compliance and pollution prevention. OPPTA encourages environmental results through various grant opportunities, public recognition awards such as the various "Governor's Awards for Excellence", broad-based educational programs and technical assistance.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Michigan Healthy Schools
Environmental Science and Services Division, Constitution Hall 525 W. Allegan, 1 N, P.O. Box 30487, Lansing, MI 48909-7857
The Michigan Healthy Schools program provides information on chemical inventories and management, chemical safety, green purchasing, green school building and information for facilities personnel. The Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program has also provided funding for school chemical cleanouts, as well as for the implementation of mechanisms in schools for toxic chemical waste minimization.
Minnesota Healthy Sustainable Schools
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 551554194
The Minnesota Healthy Sustainable Schools program is the state's first interagency, cross-sector collaboration helping schools on a variety of issues, such as health, performance, and sustainability. The project, initiated through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, offers technical assistance and online resources, as well as demonstration projects. By helping schools incorporate sustainable practices, they can reduce operating costs, reduce environmental impacts, and promote a healthy environment for future generations.
Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)
Hallberg Engineering, Inc., 1750 Commerce Court, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a partnership designed to support schools with ideas and methods to reduce energy use and energy-related expenses. Focusing on low and no cost strategies, schools follow a systemized plan promoting efficient facility operations and behavior modifications through energy awareness. Program goals include: reduce energy use by 10%; achieve Energy Star status for buildings; and improve learning environment. SEE provides schools with the strategies, resources, and support necessary to promote, communicate, and implement an energy management program. The Program is meant to be flexible and can be customized to fit the needs of your school district. To measure success, third-party utility tracking analyzes data and provides reports on school energy use and expenses. The savings that result from SEE efforts should be considered a reinvestment into education.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750
The DEC Green Schools program assists schools with comprehensive solid waste management, as well as other aspects of waste reduction, energy efficiency and resource conservation.
Greater Cleveland Green Building Coalition (GBC)
Cleveland Environmental Center, 3500 Lorain Avenue, Suite 303, Cleveland, OH 44113
The purpose of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition (GBC) is to generate broad support for various individual efforts, build momentum, and advance the green building agenda in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio through education, consultation, and cooperation. The Cleveland GBC is an umbrella organization for various building industry interest groups, including those involved in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial green building. The Cleveland GBC acts as a clearinghouse for information on green building activities in Cleveland and other cities, as well as gives Cleveland-area individuals opportunities to meet with colleagues and potential clients interested in green building. Additionally, the GBC works to coordinate green building efforts within Cleveland and to aid and promote specific projects.
Pennsylvania Governor's Green Government Council (GGGC)
The governor established the Governor's Green Government Council by executive order in 1998 to help state government embed environmental sustainability throughout its policymaking and operational processes. The council works in partnership with agencies throughout the Commonwealth and by extension with their constituencies, as a catalyst to stimulate the development and continuous improvement of environmentally sustainable practices in planning, policymaking and regulatory operations. It operates opportunistically, nurturing champions where it finds them in targeted areas. The GGGC web site provides links to several resources for high performing green schools, both in terms of greening school facilities and the curriculum.
Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program
WDNR, EI/8, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707
Schools across Wisconsin are demonstrating their commitment to a more sustainable Earth, stronger communities and healthier, more productive learning environments for students by choosing to join the Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools program. The Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools program is a web-based, self-paced and voluntary program available to all Wisconsin public and private elementary, middle and high schools. The program is designed to support and encourage schools in their quest for a healthy, safe, and environmentally-friendly learning environment.