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What is a Green School?. Green School  / grEn skül / n.  a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money Benefits of green schools A healthy, productive learning environment Improved teacher retention

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What is a green school
What is a Green School?

  • Green School /grEn skül / n. a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money

    • Benefits of green schools

      • A healthy, productive learning environment

      • Improved teacher retention

      • Financial savings

      • Hands-on learning

      • Environmentally Friendly

USGBC, Green Schools Campaign

  • A Green School:

    • Improves education through hands-on, real-world learning about energy and energy efficiency

    • Strengthens schools by saving money on energy costs

The Alliance for Saving Energy


Many call green schools high performance schools

A high performance school is:

Healthy

Comfortable

Energy Efficient

Material Efficient

Easy to Maintain and Operate

Environmentally Responsive Site

A Building that teaches

Safe and Secure

Community Resource

Stimulating Architecture

Adaptable to Changing Needs

What else is a Green School?

Many call green schools “high-performance schools”

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)


Leed certified schools in nj
LEED Certified Schools in NJ

  • Willow School Phase I, Gold, 2004

    • Willow School Art Barn, Platinum, 2007

  • Carlstadt Public School, Silver, 2007

  • Saint Jos. School for the Blind, Certified, 2007

  • Philipsburg Early Childhood Center, Silver, 2007

  • Summerfield Elementary School, Gold, 2007


How leed became part of school building in new jersey
How LEED became part of School Building in New Jersey

  • Some school facilities known to have problems

  • Some Individual school systems, non-profits and educators elected to be green on their own.

  • Statewide Mandates:

    • “…Design of School Facilities should incorporate maximum operating efficiencies and new technologies to advance the energy efficiency of school facilities and the efficiency of other school building systems…”

Educational Facilities Construction Financing Act (EFCFA), 2000


How leed became part of new jersey school construction statewide
How LEED became part of New Jersey School Construction Statewide

  • Executive Order 24

    • “All new school designs shall incorporate the guidelines developed by the United States Green Building Council known as "Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design ("LEED"), Version 2.0 to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in the design of schools.”

Governor James E. McGreevey, 2002


How leed became part of new jersey school construction statewide1
How LEED became part of New Jersey School Construction Statewide

The New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation (NJSCC)

  • Created by Executive Order 24

  • Developed there own policy for E.O. 24 LEED requirement

    • Originally, new school project teams were required to self-certify that they meet or exceed 26 points on the LEED Rating Scale.

    • Current policy prohibits LEED Certification, Adopts LEED for Schools v.2.0 as benchmark, and requires a minimum of 29 points on the LEED for Schools rating scale.

    • Self-certifying did not go well initially, as not enough team members understood the detail in LEED and the focus was on speed and volume.


How leed became part of new jersey school construction statewide2
How LEED became part of New Jersey School Construction Statewide

The New Jersey School Development Authority (NJSDA)

  • New and Improved

  • Developed revised for E.O. 24

    • Originally, new school project teams were required to self-certify that they meet or exceed 26 points on the LEED Rating Scale.

    • Current policy prohibits LEED Certification, Adopts LEED for Schools v.2.0 as benchmark, and requires a minimum of all prerequisites and 29 points on the LEED for Schools rating scale.

    • Serious hurdles remain in the implementation. Green schools likely to be inconsistent.


Njsda today
NJSDA today Statewide

  • Mission statement: “The Mission of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (NJSDA) is to create a more promising future for the children of New Jersey by providing safe, healthy and sustainable schools that create a positive learning environment and strengthen the community.”

  • The SDA’s mission calls for the construction of sustainable, educationally appropriate schools that cost effective, energy efficient, durable, safe and secure. Additionally, the must be community-focused and constructed in an environmentally sensitive manner…High performance schools emphasize optimizing natural daylight and providing high-quality indoor air in an acoustically quiet environment…”

NJSDA Biannual Report, December 2008


Expanding green
Expanding Green Statewide

  • Going beyond Green, or expanding on what Green is?

  • Once you solve for good light, air, and acoustics, how do you create a school facility that improves education?

    • Heschong Mahone Group, Daylight studies

    • Innovative school architecture issues

    • Place based education


Thoughts on green schools going forward
Thoughts on Green Schools going forward Statewide

  • Green schools require a good team of educators, designers and engineers working together

  • Green schools do not have to be expensive; being green is unrelated to cost in many situations

  • Green schools will not necessarily reduce energy costs in the aggregate for NJ

  • Green schools are absolutely wonderful when they do come together


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