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Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Type: Case Study - Database - Web site
Summary: This school is the home of Oberlin College's Environmental Studies Program. The schools and campus embrace the ecological philosophy by serving as a living laboratory "for the emerging field of ecological design". They offer live data on their energy perform...
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AE Stevenson High School, Illinois
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: A.E. Stevenson High School has been ranked as the top-ranked public high school in Illinois by Newsweek Magazine. To accommodate a projected enrollment of 4,500, the facility was expanded in September 2001 to include a new resource center, commons and a...
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Alliance to Save Energy
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies. Educator reso...
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American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.
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Ash Creek Intermediate School, Oregon
Type: Case Study
Summary: Energy efficiency is one of the building's many pluses. Through passive solar design and state-of-the-art daylighting and electronic controls, the school will use approximately 30 percent less energy than Oregon's energy code requires. Te design committee had...
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Audubon Nature Center at Debs Park is Certified as Nation's Most Environmentally Friendly Building (January 2004)
Type: Case Study
Summary: This press release from Toyota identifies features and design components found in the Audubon Nature Center at Debs Park. Toyota partnered with the Los Angeles Audubon Center to assist in implementing sustainable design.
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Back to School Environmental Checklist
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: A broad coalition of educational, environmental, health and civic organizations have just released a 2004 School Environmental Checklist today at media events across the country. The action checklist is designed to help parents, students and teachers identify...
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Ballston Spa High School, Ballston Spa, New York
Type: Case Study
Summary: Lighting systems for the high school cafeteria, library, and art rooms used indirect luminaires and a computerized energy management system that controlled lights on a schedule, while daylight allowed electric lights to be turned off. Evaluations and feedback...
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Benjamin Moore Paints MSDS
Type: Language Options - List - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: This is a lengthy selection of house interior and exterior paints, industrial coatings and primers offered by Benjamin Moore Paints and their accompanying MSDSs.
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Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center, Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, Pennsylvania
Type: Case Study
Summary: Designed with environmental responsibility as a key criterion, the 12,000 square foot Benjamine Olewine III Nature Center at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary was added to the growing list of green buildings in central Pennsylvania in 1999. This report identifes site is...
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Building Energy Software Tools
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: This directory provides information on 317 building software tools for evaluation energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings. The energy tools listed in this directory include databases, spreadsheets, component and systems analyses, a...
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Building Green from Principle to Practice
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The market for high-performance homes and workplaces is soaring. Explore this website to find out how building green can boost your bottom line. Get tips for streamlining design and construction. Learn which strategies deliver the biggest paybacks. And disc...
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Building Minds, Minding Buildings
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Rodent and roach infestation, mice droppings, mold that has caused mushrooms to grow, asbestos, extreme heat or cold in classrooms, severe overcrowding, and nonfunctional bathrooms are just some examples of the appalling physical conditions found in thousands...
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Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, Burnaby, British Columbia
Type: Case Study
Summary: Geothermal system saves energy and budget while enhancing fish habitat. Energy strategies include a heat pump, t-8 florescents, high efficiency boilers, heat recovery chillers as well as natural landscaping and life-cycle assessment strategies and analysis of...
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Cahuenga New Elementary School
Type: Case Study
Summary: The team of Los Angeles Unified School District and Fields Devereaux Architects and Engineers have joined to design a large urban elementary school for over 800 students. The high performance features incorporated into the design include stormwater controls;...
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Camp Arroyo Environmental Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: State-of-the-art sustainable design principles were integrated into the process from the initial demolition of an existing building. On-site demolition and recycling of the old foundations lead to energy efficient design complete with "solar energy for water a...
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Capital Development Board Reference Library
Type: Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Welcome to the Capital Development Board's Reference Library. This is CDB's one-stop-shop for all forms, manuals and publications issued by the agency and used by our private sector partners to do business with the CDB.
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Capital Development Board School Construction Program
Summary: To date, the School Construction Grant Program has benefited 497 school districts in every region of the state and provided over $3.1 billion in state funds for building and renovating local public schools. In FY04, $500 million was distributed in the most rec...
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Cary Junior High School provides a lesson in excellence
Type: Case Study
Summary: Cary Junior High School is a new facility located on a former farm field. The building incorporates grades 7 and 8, with the student population broken down into smaller, more intimate groupings. On the way to designing this school the building was oriented t...
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Cathedral High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Cathedral High School in Massachusetts was designed and built in the 1950s with commercial light designs typical of the 1950s. Through time a variety of lighting technologies were installed. As the need for energy efficiency increased the schools began to ep...
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Central Junior High School in Belleville, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Central Junior High School is a state-of-the-art facility that replaced the 1940s building. The site design includes many contemporary features among which is an educational park that combines elementary and junior high. Improved lighting.
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Cesar Chavez Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Oakland Unified School District and VBN Architects have partnered to design an energy efficient school for approximately 600 elementary students. Energy efficient goals will feature natural ventilation; maximum use of daylighting planned for classrooms; re...
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Charting Our Progress
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Although limited in scope, a recent boom in green-roof construction demonstrates the pressing need for more. While Chicago and Washington, D.C., lead the way in planting green roofs, broad swaths of the country remain gray. Why the hesitation? In cities withou...
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Chicago GreenTech
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: A model for the nation. Chicago Green Tech is only the third building in the United States to be designed using the highest standards of green technology available. It is the only one of the three that is a renovation of an existing building and the only one a...
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CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools)
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: CHPS (the Collaborative for High Performance Schools) provides case studies, training, publications and resources. While CHPS focuses on California schools, their fact sheets and school planning kits are proven valuable for everyone exploring redesign or retr...
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City Hall Rooftop Garden-Chicago
Type: Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet
Summary: The City of Chicago has done a lot for urban gardening, especially green roofs. This site is a portal to information on the City Hall Rooftop Garden and includes information about the gardening, monitoring the garden's benefits, the construction and design and...
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Clackamas High School, Oregon
Type: Case Study
Summary: Clackamas High School was selected by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to serve as a national model for performance-based compensation and exceptional energy performance. They preserved a 6-acre wetlands,parking was designed for shared use with adjacent bui...
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Commercial Programs Energy Efficient Schools
Type: Article/Report - Database - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: A database of energy efficient schools can be accessed (filtered by state and type of project) and a collection of powerpoint presentations from CEE's energy-efficient school workshop in 2002 provide some unique resources. There is also a 4-page commercial bui...
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Cool Roofing Materials Database
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Energy-efficient roofing systems can reduce roof temperatures significantly during the summer, and thus reduce the energy requirements for air conditioning. The purpose of this Cool Roofing Materials Database is to assist with the selection of roofing material...
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Cost Estimating, Estimating Software
Type: Web site
Summary: This company provides cost management, project control services and software for capital projects of all types to owners, designers and contractors.
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Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: The Child Proofing Our Communities Campaign was established two years ago as part of a nationwide coalition of grassroots groups working on school-based environmental health issues. The campaign aims to connect local efforts across the country, raise awareness...
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Dalles Middle School, The Dalles, Oregon
Summary: Ground-source heat pumps, daylighting, T-5 fluorescent lamps, occupancy sensors, natural ventilation, and more contribute to this school applying to become a LEED school.
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Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary - Research - Web site
Summary: The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. To access information, use the menu to the left or click on the maps...
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Daylight Savings
Type: Article/Report
Summary: How was Waltham High school preserved at a time when schools were being demolished to make way for "high-performance, energy efficient schools?"
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DesignLights
Summary: The DesignLights Consortium is a collaboration of community-based and regional public service utility companies and organizations in the Northeast committed to raising awareness of the benefits of efficient lighting. Their mission "is to help buildiners, arch...
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Eco Schools: School and Community Participation in the Design, Construction and Stewardship of Green School Grounds
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: This list of resources provides information about increasing participation on green school ground projects. Many schools successfully involve students, teachers, school administrators, community members, design professionals, and other interested individuals a...
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Ecological Design and Building Schools: Green Guide to Educational Opportunities in the United States and Canada
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary:

Non-fiction, reference

Authors, Sandra Leibowitz Earley ISBN 0-9766054-1-4

The only directory of its kind, this comprehensive, illustrated guide features an annotated listing of schools and educational centers offering programs...

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Education for Sustainability
Type: Article/Report - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 58-page PDF guides the thought process through the integration of environmental responsibility into curricula. It serves as a guide for UNSW faculty (University of New South Wales, Australia).
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Efficient Windows Collaborative Glossary
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: This glossary of window terms is mostly non-technical.
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El Segundo High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: El Segundo High School is an urban school in the Los Angeles area. The design of the new school will incorporate recycled building material, low-emitting materials and outdoor water conservation as well as energy efficient design.
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Energy Class
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Antioch Community High School (Illinois) is making its own electricity, heating its own water and even selling electricity to a local utility. They are tapping into a nearby landfill.
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Energy Design Guildelines for High Performance Schools, Cool and Dry Climates
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This document presents recommended design elements in 10 sections each representing a key interrelated component of high performance school design. To effectively integrate energy-saving strategies, t hese options must be evaluated together from a whole-build...
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This includes guidelines for energy management, tools to evaluate your school's energy performance, K-12 fact sheet on energy management, and more energy management resources that include financing, on-line training, and energy service providers for schools.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program(EPA and DOE) helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides tools and guidelines for energy management appropriate for school administrators; it pro...
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Environmental Building News
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Database - List - Web site
Summary: A well-organized web site, Building Green.Com offers information on a variety of "green" topics including policies, processes, siting and water, energy, materials and indoor and outdoor designs. A calendar of events that support these topics identifies confer...
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Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This user-friendly manual is organized into typical school departments (administration, academic, facilities operation and maintenance, grounds, custodial, transportation, nursing and printing. Within each “unit” are the various programs. Within facilities ope...
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Fairview South Elementary School, Skokie, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Bringing natural light inside this school was a primary goal. In addition to modernizing educational space and update its image, the designing team from OWP/P Architects sought cost-effective solutions to renovating the existing school and build an addition.
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Financial Case for Cleaning
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Oddly reduction of cleaning costs may actually decrease occupant productivity. Productivity (employee and students) can drop with poor air quality that results from cleaning (and lack of). This is a three-page report that raises some interesting questions.
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Fuqua School, Farmville, Virginia
Type: Case Study
Summary: In an effort to reflect the schools dedication to science and technology, this school investigated options and alternative energy. They selected an efficient heating and cooling system that used geo thermal. This case study explains the cost savings, building...
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Geoexchange Design Tool Software
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: Lists of software for analyzing life cycles costs with their links and reviews are provided.
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Georgina Blach Intermediate School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Gelfand RNP Architects and the Los Altos School District designed an intermediate school that exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%. It features School exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%; resource efficient materials; adaptive reuse of exist...
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Giaudrone Middle School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Giaudrone Middle School was built on an existing school site. The design optimizes natural daylighting, demolition recycled much of the previous building and asphalt, and biofiltration swales and treatments improved water quality while reducing off-site storm...
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Glenbrook North High School Natatorium and Cafeteria Additions Northbrook, Illinios
Type: Case Study
Summary: The additions and remodeling at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, were driven by the need for a proper competition pool and the need for increased capacity in the cafeteria. While addressing the requirements of the more stringent codes and...
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Global Networking for Green Roofs
Type: Article/Report - Research - Web site - Workshops
Summary: Green Roofs have become a very important component of sustainable urban development within the last 30 years. Growing environmental awareness and the striking economical and ecological advantages are the driving forces for this great success. At present, Green...
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Goodwillie Environmental School, Ada, Michigan
Type: Case Study
Summary: Goodwillie ES is a certified LEED school and has been developed to demonstrate sustainable practices. The LEED profile is available at http://www.usgbc.org/FileHandling/show_general_file.asp?DocumentID=391
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Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Sustainabile Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy, and Operations/Maintenance and Upgrades are all considered when qualifying an existing building for LEED certification. This 122-page pdf provides guidelines...
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Green Building Technology at Hartley Nature Center, Duluth, Minnesota
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: "All buildings have an impact on the environment. They consume natural resources when constructed. Pollution is generated when building materials are manufactured. The building's energy use also causes environmental impacts. "Green building" means minimizing t...
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Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home Nonfiction

AuthorsLinda Mason Hunter and Mikki Halpin

ISBN 1595910042 There is a revolution going on in America-a green revolution. The latest front is the ho...

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Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator
Summary: The Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products. It is designed to forecast the environmental benefits of reducing chemical use by doing some or...
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Green Communities Online
Type: Web site
Summary: Green Communities is a five-year, $555 million initiative to build more than 8,500 environmentally healthy homes for low-income families. Created by Enterprise in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Communities seeks to transform the...
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Green Exhibits
Type: Web site
Summary: Learn how the Children's Museum in Madison, WI, creates green exhibits for sustainable futures. Their concepts include how to begin, plan, develop, build, connect and dream.
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Green Flag Program
Type: Case Study - Checklist
Summary: The Green Flag Program is a project of the Child Proofing our Communities Campaign coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. They offer a start up kit to help school communities learn about the program and its materials describe how to fo...
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Green Roof Plants
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Emory Knoll Farms is dedicated to sustainable design and has instituted several sustainable design features into its operation. For example, solar power pumps all the water used in the greenhouse and photovoltaic cells supply most of our electrical needs. Thei...
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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Author Edmund C. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass

ISBN 10:0-88192-787-2

Non-fiction, handbook This provides a practical, indispensable reference guide for anyone involved in developing a Green Roof garden. Anyone includes archite...

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Green Roof Research Program at Michigan State University
Type: Research - Web site
Summary: What is a green roof, what are the benefits, what is the research currently underway at Michigan State University along with photograps and other resources. There is even an example of a green roof on a doghouse and garden shed.
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Green Roofs
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Another alternative to traditional roofing materials is a rooftop garden, or "green roof." On hot summer days, the surface temperature of a vegetated rooftop can be cooler than the air temperature, whereas the surface of a traditional rooftop can be up to 90°F...
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Green Roofs (and Plant Suggestions)
Type: Case Study - List - Web site
Summary: Bluestem Nursery provides valuable information on design of Green Roofs and plant selections for Green Roofs.
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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' mission is to develop a multi-million dollar market for green roof infrastructure products and services in cities across North America in order to take full advantage of the multiple benefits of these proven technologies.GRHCC p...
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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure across North America and rapidly advance the development of the market for green roof products and services. A...
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Green School Gathers for Takeoff
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: When architects speak of "green" buildings these days, they seldom mean it literally. But for the elementary/ middle school in Lake Zurich, Illinois, Legat Architects, Inc. have justified both environmental and chromatic interpretations of the word.
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Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider (PDF)
Type: Checklist
Summary: 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...
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Greening School Presentation (Overview)
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Learn about the Greening Schools project from Illinois EPA and Waste Management and Research Center in this introductory powerpoint presentation.
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Greening Schools Presentation (Brief)
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Introductory presentation for Safe Chemicals in Education workshops and for the need to remove hazardous materials from schools.
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Healthy Schools
Type: Web site
Summary: Founded in 1995, Healthy Schools Network, Inc. (HSN) is a national not for profit organization, centered on children's environmental health, and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school through: research,...
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Healthy Schools Campaign
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: The mission of the Healthy Schools Campaign is to advocate for policies and model programs that allow students and staff members to learn and work in a healthy school environment. To accomplish this goal HSC addresses environmental health and school nutrition/...
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Healthy SEAT
Type: Database
Summary: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT) is designed to be customized and u...
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Healthy SEAT Download
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Checklist - Manual/Handbook - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Software, user's manual, checklist and guidebook and other information materials for using the Healthy SEAT assessment tools are available at this location.
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Helena Middle School Officials Get a Reality Check
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Helena School District officials in Helena, Montana learned about building commissioning the hard way what can happen when expectations meet reality.
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Heroes High Performance Demonstration School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Heroes Elementary School will be a Collaborative for High Performance School demonstration school. It is the first high performance school to emphasize focusing on recycled-content products and site waste management.
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High Performance School Buildings Information and Training Center
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: This site offers basic information to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of high-performance school design. Includes take-home presentations and other resources.High-Performance School Buildings: WHAT THEY ARE...WHY THEY'RE VALUABLE...AND HOW YOU...
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High Performance School Construction CHPS Video Series
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: These video segments were designed for California schools, but the video segments should prove beneficial for all schools considering new school construction.
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High Tech High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Los Angeles Unified School District's High Tech High Schools was designed to mirror leading-edge research center. Berliner & Associates Architecture firm worked with the district to create a school that maximized energy efficiency, material efficency and acou...
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Historic Neighborhood Schools Issues and Initiatives
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Resources for entering the discussions of preserving historic neighborhood schools are provided and these links include a publication, Why Johnny Can't Walk to School: Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl, Smart Growth Schools Fact Sheet and Powe...
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How to Get Your Lawn & Garden off Drugs
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-Fiction

Authors, Rubin, Carole

ISBN 1-55017-320-0

The conflict between a pest-free lawn, vegetable patch or garden tears at environmentally conscious gardeners on an annual basis. This guide, while small (121 pages) offers val...

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HVAC for Schools
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Administrators are provided guidelines for purchasing HVAC systems for schools and their unique requirements while staying within the budget. The contents includes discussions on materials, interoperable controls, regrigerants, access, services, costs, zoned...
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IESNA, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: IESNA us a technical authority on illumination. IESNA is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the improvement of the lighted environment. THey provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. They also provide educational opportunities and...
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Illinois Resource Guide for Healthy, High-Performing School Buildings
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 96 page document (pdf) contains section on defining healthy, high performing school buildings, assessing needs and establishing a planning team; design elements of a healthy, high performing school building, and operations-maintenance-education considerat...
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Indoor Air Quality Awards Program - 2004 Excellence Awards Winners
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement. The schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ programs are liste...
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Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program - Excellence Awards 2001
Type: Article/Report - List - School Projects
Summary: The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ TfS) Excellence Award is EPA’s most prestigious IAQ award, presented only to schools and school districts that show exceptional commitment and achievement.This recognizes those schools demonstrating exemplary IAQ p...
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Ins and Outs of Schools Facility Management
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Checklist
Summary:

Non-fiction

Authors, Tak Cheung Chan and Michael D. Richardson

ISBN 1-57886-191-8

These authors provide guidance to school administrators, school board members and community members as they begin the process of renovating th...

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Introduction to Green Roofing
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: Green roofs, also called "vegetated roof covers," "living roofs," or "eco-roofs," are thin layers of living plants that are installed on top of conventional roofs. Properly designed, they are stable, living ecosystems that replicate many of the processes found...
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Janitorial Products: Pollution Prevention Project
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: The Janitorial Products P2 Project (“JP4”) is producing a series of fact sheets on environmental, health, and safety issues. The fact sheets are meant for individual janitorial workers, supervisors, and EH&S staff.Fact sheets include toilet cleaning, hard floo...
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John W. North High School, Riverside, California
Type: Case Study
Summary: The geoexchange ground source heat pump project was part of a major modernization project undertaken in 2002. This project also included updating the building to meet current codes.
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Kohl Children's Museum
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Kohl Children's Museum supports good stewardship and has taken efforts to create an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient facility. They have submitted their building for Silver-level certification as a LEED building.
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Lake City High School Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Type: Case Study
Summary: Coeur d'Alene's Lake City High School sits on an aquifer that supplies 50 degree water to a Geo Exchange system. The case study describes installation, savings, and other factors.
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Learning By Design 2005 Projects
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Lists of school rrenovation, restoration and addition projects from around the country that embrace various techniques for high performance and energy efficiency.
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LEED for Schools
Type: Web site
Summary: The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Based on LEED for New Construction, it addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention and more. LEED for Schools is...
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LEED Rating System and Certification
Type: Checklist - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: "The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segmen...
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Life Cycle Cost Estimating for School Facilities
Type: List - Web site
Summary: Product information, resources, and ordering instructions/costs are provided for these publications. The list has been compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
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Lockport Township High School Becomes an Energy Star School
Type: Case Study
Summary: In October, 1999, Lockport Township High School decided to control energy costs and made a moccitment to achieving a successful energy conservation plan. They began by performing an energy audit through their school. Over the past four-plus uears they have ma...
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Lockport Township High School, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Lockport Township High School consists of two campuses. In October 1999, Lockport Township High School’s East Campus started an energy conservation program. A comprehensive energy conservation plan addressing electricity use was developed.
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Maplewood K-8 Co-op and Maplewood Center, Edmonds, Washington
Type: Case Study
Summary: Multiple sustainable elements were integrated into the design of the project from the very beginning. The result is a high performance building and site that blends into the context of the single-family neighborhood. Design features, such as multiple gabled ro...
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Maximize Performance And Minimize Operating Costs By Commissioning New And Existing School Buildings
Type: Case Study
Summary: School districts, like other public institutions throughout the country, are under tremendous pressure to cut costs and trim budgets. With every dollar being scrutinized by administrators, board members and citizens, school leaders have an opportunity to save...
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McKim Middle School, Kimbely, British Columbia
Summary: McKim Middle School's integrated design delivered a long-term energy reduction of 50 percent below the MNECB (Canada's national energy code) while maintaining first-cost controls.Green designs incorporated energy reductions, smaller footprints reduced impervio...
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Menu of ENERGY STAR Offerings for K-12 Education
Type: Checklist - List - Web site
Summary: Based upon your specific topic of interest (benchmarking and tracking, building upgrades, financing, purchasing, outreach, training, etc) this chart guides administrators through the selection and planning process for energy improvements.The tools they offer f...
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Million Solar Roofs Initiative
Type: Web site
Summary: The Million Solar Roofs Initiative is a unique public-private partnership, aimed at overcoming barriers to market entry for selected solar technologies. The goal of the Initiative is practical and market-driven: to facilitate the sale and installation of one m...
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Monticello High School, Illinois, Energy Efficiency, One Building at a Time
Summary: Monticello High School worked with Johnson Controls to identify out-of-date lighting concerns, inefficient temperature regulations and air quality. The facility installed upgrades as well as new equipment to imporve quality and efficiency throughout the build...
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Morris Arboretum Permeable Parking Lot
Type: Case Study
Summary: The permeable parking lot at Morris Arboretum serves as an example for sustainable design in parking lots.
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National Association of Realtors
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: The winter issue of NAR (National Association of Realtors) addresses schools (schools and smart growth, of sprawl schools and small schools, ABC's of smart growth spell out the community visin, high performance schools, downtown schools and more). It reflects...
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National Best Practices Manual for Building High Performance Schools
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 457-page pdf has chapters on Site Design, Daylighting and Windows, Energy-Efficient Building Shell,Lighting and Electrical Systems, Mechanical and Ventilation Systems, Renewable Energy Systems, Water Conservation, Recycling Systems and Waste Management,...
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National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities: Safe, Healthy, High Performance Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: NCEF provides a general resource for all aspects of providing the high performance, safe, healthy schools. Resources include healthy school enviromenets, classroom design, high performance schools, and much more.
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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Green Building. The
Type: Case Study
Summary: "The planning for the new building focused on sustainable building practices, commonly called “green building.” Though the current building is substantially remodeled inside, as many parts as possible are reused in the new building. Demolition materials were s...
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New Building for connecting to nature at Shaker Lakes
Type: Case Study
Summary: "The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes recent $2 million building project remodeled and expanded the center to add classroom space, a long-needed elevator and a visitor experience area. The goal of the renovation was to follow the center's mission of conservation...
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Newport Coast Elementary School, Newport Beach, Showcase Project for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Type: Case Study
Summary: The newest school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has adopted design concepts for energy efficiency and sustainability while serving as an educational vehicle for incorporation of energy-conservation features into designs. The design team, working...
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North Carolina Botanic Gardens Platinum LEED Rating
Summary: The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill received a 2004 Sustainable Business Awared for their efforts to promote sustainable development and conservation within the state.
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Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is one of the nation’s leading regional education and advocacy associations that aims to accelerate the deployment and use of renewable energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency. NESEA produces major ev...
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Older and historic schools are increasingly being recognized for their value
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Across the nation, we are finally investing in school facilities to support high-quality education, and it is long overdue. But too often, this has meant unnecessarily abandoning and demolishing older and historic schools. Now, through an extraordinary partner...
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago was the winner of the First Naitonal Green Roof Infrastructure Conference Award for a retrofitted intensive green roof. This 2,000 square foot roof is a savannah and meadow combination roofmeadow landscape.
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Pine Jog's Model Schools Program
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: This innovative program developed by Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in 1995 in partnership with the Palm Beach County School District links environmental education with educational reform. The primary goal of the program is to improve student achievem...
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Planning a Green Campus
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: St. Louis Community College offers lessons in sustainability by sharing their planning experiences. This includes site sustainability (including parking), water efficiency, energy and interior air quality, and materials.
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Planning a Sustainable Site, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Chespeake Bay
Type: Case Study
Summary: Learn how this award winning center proceeded. They provide information on planning a sustainable site, improving energy efficiency, conserving materials and resources, enhancing indoor environmental quality, conserving water, planning for the future and reco...
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Planning Guide for Maintaining School Facilities
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is available as full-document, 184-page pdf file, or by individual chapters: Introduction to school facilities maintenance planning, planning for school facilities maintenance, facility audits: knowing what you have, providing a safe environment for learn...
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Poisoned Schools, Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This 83-page report is a joint effort of organizations of the Child Proofing Our Communities Poisoned School Campaign. It identifies existing conditions (2001), harms created by improper school siting, pesticides and lack of information. It provides early eff...
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Prairie Crossing Charter School
Type: Case Study
Summary: The new school (2004) in Grayslake, Illinois, was built embracing Green School concepts. Classroom floors are made of bamboo, motion-detectors automatically turn off lights when no one is in the room; water-saving toilets were installed. Prairie Crossing Char...
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Promoting Green Purchasing Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Type: Article/Report
Summary: US EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program is pleased to announce the availability of a new document titled "Promoting Green Purchasing: Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing."

This b...

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Public Schools: A Toolkit for Realtors
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: Schools are important factors in communities quality of life, according to The National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR has prepared a Public Schools Toolkit that helps realtors understand concerns and place themselves in positions to influence the debate...
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Rec and Effect, Student Driven Recreational Center Project Evolves into a Campus Showpiece
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Washington State University students contributed to the design of the college athletic facilities. WSU student government leaders researched options to accommodate health-conscious and environmentally conscious youth and students.
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Recycle-Content Product Directory
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: This content product directory lists thousands of recycled products and provides information on the companies that reprocess, manufacture and/or distribute these products. From the home page you can conduct a product search, business/company search, product t...
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Redux Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Redux Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal Book Cover Non-Fiction: Architecture, Environmental Aspects, Domestic

Author: Jennifer Roberts ISBN: 1-58685-701-0 This des...

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Renaissance of the American School Building
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Published by the Environmental Resource Council, this non-technical reader focuses on how school buildings, health and environment are entwined. The author provides a road map to consider when making decisions that are related to indoor air quality and other h...
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Renovation vs Replacement and the Role of a Feasibility Study
Type: Article/Report - Checklist
Summary: This feasibility study offers a guideline for determining pros and cons for discussions on renovation vs replacement issues and existing schools vs new schools.
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Restrooms Go Green
Type: Article/Report
Summary: A variety of water conserving options and plumbing products enhance Chicago's Social Security Center, and educational facilities like Washington's Islandwood, Michigan's Bunker Interpretive Center and California State Northridge's Student Union.
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Saint Catherine of Genoa School, Somerville, MA
Type: Case Study
Summary: Energy efficiency and light levels were concerns at this school built in 1927 and rebuilt in the 1940s. No major lighting renovations have been provided since the the 1940s. Original schoolhouse pendant fixtures remained in classrooms, offices and halls. Th...
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San Pasqual Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: San Diego Unified School District worked with HMC Architects to design an elementary school with windows that take advantage of daylight and valley breezes thus reducing reliance on mechanical cooling. In the landscape design drought tolerant landscaping capt...
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SBIC
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: SBIC's mission is "to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide." This website and non-profit organization is dedicated to teaching and advocating for...
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School Building Case Studies
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: This list of schools features schools across the country who installed geoexchange systems, and each case study provides features and savings realized by the school.
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School Districts Use Performance Contracts to Reduce Energy Costs and Upgrade Facilities
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Small school districts in Idaho are financing capital improvements through energy performance contracts. By paying for improvements through future utility savings, these schools are improving learning environments without breaking their budgets. Several small...
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School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook
Summary: 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...
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School Planning & Management
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: Search the archives for topics on green schools. An initial search for "green schools" uncovered 27 articles including "Energy Class: Antioch Community High School (Illinois) is making its own electricity, heating its own water and even selling electricity t...
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Schuyler Elementary School, Queen City, Missouri
Type: Case Study
Summary: A brief analysis of the geo thermal system at Schuyler Elementary School in Queen City, Missouri, provides a review of the energy cost savings, system features and staff comments.
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Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: Science House is not only a versatile program space but a true environmental experiment; because it is designed to operate as a zero-emissions building (ZEB). ZEBs produce all of their its energy needs on an annual basis.
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Science-Based Source for the Facts on Capret and Rugs
Type: Web site
Summary: Consumer information on carpets, vacuums, air quality, and more.
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Seacrest Upper School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Seacrest Upper School in Naples Florida has been designed to emphasize natural lighting and implement water conservation technology with rainwater harvesting and water efficient plumbing. The building will be constructed in multiple phases with phase one begin...
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See It, Believe It, Build It -- With Confidence
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Marin Country Day School (a private k-8 school in Corte Madena, California) addressed poor lighting conditions. Working through the PG&E's daylighting initiative, the school and project architects developed a series of design options with clerestories or...
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Selecting Energy Efficient Windows in Illinois
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This 4-page fact sheet provides informnation on benefits, properties, energy comparisions and consumer information. Visit http://www.efficientwindows.org/factsheets.cfm instead of the Illinois site to obtain fact sheets for other states.
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Shorebird Nature Center, Berkeley, CA
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Shorebird Nature Center used straw bale construction and use of recycled and salvaged materials in the design of their nature center. They integrated passive solar design, built integrated photovoltaics and took advantage of a number of energy saving desig...
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Sidwell Friends School Facilities Planning Update
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC plans to address deficiences in its facilities by renovating and adding to its exisiting buildings. They have actively sought community input. As part of their redesign they hope to make the school a leading example na...
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Simple Strategies
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Sustainable design is integral to the success of any new science building. Lessons learned from the United States Green Building Council's LEED program, the Environmental Protection Agency's Labs 21 program and other regional, national and global sustainable-d...
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Small Changes Equal Big Savings for Minnesota School District
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: The Rochester Public School District in Minnesota is saving thousands of dollars in annual energy expenses through no-cost and low-cost changes. The school system was one of four districts that assisted in the development of the Schools for Energy Efficiency (...
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Southeast Learning Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: Los Angeles Unified School District worked with the WLC architecture firm to embrace some neighborhood friendly concepts as well as energy efficient objectives. The district has provided bike lanes and racks,utilizes public transit but is within walking dista...
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Promoting Energy Efficiency on Campus and in Community
Type: Case Study
Summary: Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s (SIUC) College of Engineering, a founding partner of Rebuild Carbondale, is helping reduce energy consumption throughout the university and surrounding community through financial incentive programs and energy-smart te...
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Stevenson High School S.D. 125 in Lincolnshire, IL
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has partnered with Johnson Controls Inc. in two phases of Performance Contracting. Funding was acquired based on performance-based energy & operational savings with less than a 10 year payback. High effici...
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Survey: 70% of Building Execs Say Green Schools Enhance Student Performance
Summary: Executives who work on green school projects report that in their opinion (per survey) their efforts are better for attracting and retaining teachers and reducing absenteeism as well as enhancing student performance.
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Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: SBIC has developed a High Performance Schools Buildings campaign, produced a new Build Better Buildings brochure that presents high-performance buildings as solutions to a variety of challenges, has established criteria and guidelines for green building design...
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Sustainable Development Resource Database
Type: Database
Summary: Welcome to the Sustainable Development Resources database. This database contains information on local, national and international organizations and government agencies currently active in the development of sustainable technologies and methods.
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Sustainable Elements at IslandWood on Brainbridge Island, Puget Sound
Type: Case Study
Summary: One of the newer nature centers within the community features many of the mewest design features in energy conservation, recycling, alternative energy, resource management. An outline of features for the center and for specific buildings is provided as well a...
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Sustainable Landscapes and Buildings
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: Master Plan, current projects, identification of sustainable systems, press releases and additional resources are offered. Queens Botanical Garden states that "Sustainable practices in design, construction, and operations are at the heart of the Queens Botani...
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Sweet Sedum
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Green-roof technology now offers a host of options--from the humble patch of grass to sophisticated feats of structural engineering. This article provides a look at five different Green Roof projects.
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Sweetwater Creek Visitor's Center and Museum
Type: Case Study
Summary: In 2003 plans were unveiled for the new Sweetwater Creek visitor's Center and Museum in Georgia. Features of the building will integrate LEED Certification. The Certification process has a detailed checklist that includes everything from site selection to r...
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Taking School Design to Students
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: What happens when the design process focuses on the students and their perspective?
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The Green Roof Stormwater Management Tool
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This is a free community resource for stormwater management.
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Toolbox for Parks and Resource Managers
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Green Museum online offers a toolbox for parks and resource managers who are interested in using environmental art to help address land stewardship issues. They have provided a few insightful resources. Follow some of their links back to artists and communit...
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TP3 Success Stories
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: A TP3 Success Story is written documentation of a successful pollution prevention project. The Success Story will include a description of the TP3 member, the environmental challenge addressed, how the project was implemented, and the measured amount of pollu...
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Truckee Middle School
Type: Case Study
Summary: School exceeds Title 24 (2001) by 20%; geothermal ground source heat pump system to heat and cool building, central boiler; low VOC materials and finishes; materials with high recycled content (steel frame, fly ash content concrete, etc.); dedicated recycling...
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True Green@ Work
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study
Summary: Author: Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, pages: 144, ISBN 9780733321887 Whether you work in an office, shop or factory, run your own business or manage a corporation ... taking care of the environment is easier than you think. See also: http://www.epinions.com/con...
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Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability
Type: Web site
Summary: "UMACS was established to address problems of sustanability on campuses by encouraging networking, information sharing, cooperative research, and by hosting regular meetings to bring together academic and operations people from a variety of campuses. This will...
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US Green Building Council
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: US Green Building Council is a coalition of building industry leaders who are working to promote environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy buildings for working in and for living is, as well as for learning. They provide workshops and training, reso...
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Walking the Environmental Talk, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Green Building
Type: Case Study
Summary: "Hailed as one of the most environmentally sensitive -- or sustainable -- buildings in the nation, the Center is striving for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, to be determined later this...
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Westwood Nature Center Roofmeadow
Type: Case Study
Summary: A flower carpet roofmeadow was installed on the Westwood Nature Center in Chagrin, Ohio, in 2002.
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Whole Building Design Guide
Type: Case Study - Database - List - Web site
Summary: WBDG attempts to help create successful high-performance buildings. They apply integrated design approaches to the project during the planning and programming phases. They address HVAC system design and life-cycle performances as well as evaluating and selec...
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