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Pre-Summit Workshops
In-depth training on essential green topics. Make the most of your Summit experience with a complete day of training that provides a solid foundation. Topics include:

This full day workshop presented by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools will offer their three point plan overview, 2009 California CHPS criteria, offer a sneak peek at Operations Report Card, showcase their High Performance Products Database, a roadmap to High Performance Schools and CHPS National Core Criteria.

Organized by Bill Orr, CEG, Collaborative for High Performance Schools

Lifecycle of a School
To achieve a truly high performing school, a whole school approach must be taken from the pre-design phase through design and into the occupancy of the school. CHPS is currently developing a new national “Core Criteria” for states that will help schools and districts to conceptualize the lifecycle of their school buildings. This pre-summit workshop will explore each phase from a practitioner and district perspective.

Speaker: Jim Ogden, WCS/Ca, CHPS Technical Committee Chair
Mr. Ogden will give an overview of CHPS, the session, CHPS’ development of a national “Core Criteria”, and how they apply to California schools.

As more high performance schools are built and occupied, the lessons learned again and again are that involving a range of stake-holders early on in the design process results in better designed, more efficient buildings.

Speaker: Rob Samish, Lionakis
Beginning with integration in the pre-design phase, Mr. Samish, an architect and a member of the CHPS Board of Directors, will explore both what is required by green rating systems to achieve integration points, and also how you can maximize design team and school representative communication and participation to achieve truly integrated systems.

The CHPS Criteria is the benchmark for defining a high performance school in California. Schools that meet the Criteria are healthy, resource efficient, environmentally responsible buildings that benefit their occupants and minimize impact on the environment. Presenters will take participants through the newly updated CA-CHPS Criteria, focusing on new and improved credits, as well as some oldies but goodies.

New Construction
Speaker: Bill Orr, CHPS Executive Director
Mr. Orr will discuss notable changes to the 2009 California CHPS Criteria, highlighting in particular the new climate category, including credits for Grid Neutral/Net Zero schools, using the new CHPS high performance product database to achieve materials credits, and school gardens. Mr. Orr will also discuss the new CHPS Criteria for relocatable classrooms from a district/owner perspective.

Testing and Training
Speaker: Representative from the California Commissioning Collaborative
Fundamental commissioning is required in most CHPS states, and Colorado just made enhanced commissioning required for all CHPS schools. Unfortunately, commissioning is still often one of the first high performance features to go when budgets get tight. The presentation will cover the benefits of commissioning, what the 2009 CA-CHPS Criteria calls for in its commissioning prerequisite and credits, and tips for not value engineering it out when the budget gets tight.

New construction is only part of the lifecycle of a school. Equally as important is how you operate, maintain, modernize and ultimate decommission a school.

Major Modernizations
Speaker: Lisa Gelfand, Gelfand Partners Architects
Ms. Gelfand is one of the most experienced practitioners of CHPS Modernizations, and she will discuss her experience with bringing six schools through the CHPS modernization process. She will focus on solutions to common challenges and navigating the CA-CHPS Criteria through a modernization lens.

Speaker: Nick Semon, CHPS
Mr. Semon will introduce the CHPS Operations Report Card (ORC), a new program designed to benchmark the current performance of schools both new and old and to provide suggestions for improvement.  The ORC will be useful to both high- and low-performing schools, and it will initially cover five areas: energy efficiency, thermal comfort, lighting and daylighting, indoor air quality, and acoustics.


Green Every School:
Using a District-Wide Approach to LEED Certification
Using the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System as a guide, this workshop will explore strategies and opportunities for district-wide sustainability projects. Through a hands-on activity, attendees will explore the components of a green school while examining what policies and guidelines can be implemented with ease across their district. 

Presented by USGBC

Donnie Kenneth, Schools Sector Manager, U. S. Green Building Council
Anisa Baldwin-Metzger, New Orleans Green Building Coordinator, U. S. Green Building Council

Paying for your Green School
This workshop will include highly skilled practitioners in the green schools arena on topics such as: funding for high performance under the state program, and what's available to school districts from an architect's and owner's perspective. This workshop was standing-room only last year and attendees wanted more right until the end.

The details of the agenda are as follows:

Introduction to C.A.S.H. and the History of CHPS and the State's High Performance Funding Program
Tom Duffy, Legislative Director, C.A.S.H.

How CHPS is Evolving and Program Criteria for Modernization
Bill Orr, Executive Director, CHPS

An Architect's Perspective on Funding Sources and Best Practices
Steve Newsom, LPA, CASH Board Member

The Relationship of School Sites and High Performance Goals
Fred Yeager, Assistant Division Director, California Department of Education School Facilities Planning Division

Note: This workshop will end at mid-day. Participants will then attend the afternoon session of the CHPS workshop. Spend the morning learning how plan projects and get them funded, and the afternoon immersed in designing and running a new or renovated green school.

Planning and Managing a School Sustainability Plan
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is in the midst of a $20.3 billion school construction program to build 132 new schools and to address more than 20,000 modernization and repair projects.  It is the largest such program in the country.  Similarly, the Sustainability Program is the largest of its kind in K-12 education, committed to making LAUSD the "most environmentally friendly school district in the United States."  In this session, LAUSD will discuss how it developed, and is now implementing Sustainability  programs for new construction, curriculum, procurement, transportation, recycling, and existing facilities.  LAUSD will also explain how it was able to convert two existing schools into the first two grid-neutral K-12 campuses in the U.S.

After this presentation one will have a greater understanding of:  
1. A successful model of a green school building program in which LAUSD has achieved an average energy efficiency 30 percent  better than California Energy Code (Title 24) requires for all their new schools.

2. LAUSD's efforts to build a comprehensive Sustainability Program by coordinating the efforts of Facilities, Transportation, Procurement, Food Services, and Curriculum.  

3. LAUSD's Renewable Energy implementation, including completion of two "Grid-Neutral" campuses on existing sites.

Randy Britt, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Los Angeles Unified School District
Anabel Barragan, Manager, “We Build” Program, Los Angeles Unified School District
Enrique Boull’t, Director of Transportation Services Division, Los Angeles Unified School District
Jay Gonzalez, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, School Support, Los Angeles Unified School District
Marc Monforte, Interim Director of Material Management & Purchasing, Los Angeles Unified School District
Gail Pipal, Sr. Contract Manager, Facilities Contracts, Los Angeles Unified School District
Veronica Soto, Director of Contract Relations & Small Business Program, Los Angeles Unified School District
Ying Wang, Program Manager – CHPS/Energy, School Planning and Design, New Construction Branch, Los Angeles Unified School District


Green Building
Strategies for Grid Neutral Schools
Funding Your Programs -  Energy, Fleet, Curriculum
Strategies for Creating Energy Efficient and Sustainable School Construction Programs
Thinking Outside the Books (USGBC)
1:30 - 2:45
The Great Green School
Planning, Funding and Executing the Green School: Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.)
Saving Energy Can Save You $: Here's How
Green Schools as Learning Tools
3:15 - 4:30
CHPS Update and New Criteria
Leveraging Your
ARRA Money
Energy Education Literacy and Funding
Building Curriculum from Your Green Programs



Green Building
Green O & M
Healthy Schools
New Building Codes and Regulations
Sneak Peek at CHPS Operations Report Card
School Gardens and  Learning Environments
Managing Your Contracts for Maximum Performance
1:30 - 2:45
Myth of Sisyphus: A Roadmap to Greening our Schools
Buy Green and Save Gr$$n: Make Environmentally Friendly Purchasing Work for your School
Improving Indoor Air Quality
They did What?!: Green Schools Built for Less
3:15 - 4:30
Innovative Sustainable Design - Green Roofs, Insulated Concrete Forms and Modular Buildings
Clean it Green for a Healthy Indoor Environment
The Shifting Policy Environment: National Policy Direction to Support Schools
ACE: Climate Change Presentations for High Schools (At No Cost!)


Thursday, December 10

Green Building Track

10:45 am – noon

Strategies for Grid Neutral Schools
The Division of the State Architect is recommending that all new schools in California be grid neutral. This presentation examines whether or not grid neutrality or net zero performance can be achieved in a typical pubic school and what the implications are for energy efficient design. As a case study, a detailed energy analysis of a new K-12 public school, located in Southern California, has been carried out. This is an elementary school facility currently under construction in the San Fernando Valley which was designed to meet the District’s CHPS goals. The software program, eQuest, a whole building energy simulation software program, has been the primary analysis tool used for this purpose.

The key questions examined during this session will be:

  1. How is grid neutrality quantified? How do the impacts of this definition differ from similar benchmarks such as net zero site, net zero source, net zero cost and net zero carbon?
  2. What is the typical energy consumption profile of K-12 public schools in California?
  3. What design and technology measures make sense to achieve grid neutrality? How do they change the energy consumption of a school building?

The new school has been modeled three dimensionally to demonstrate the physical implications of going beyond a typical LEED or CHPS design to achieve grid neutrality. Understanding of the order of magnitude of the measures – both in terms of design / construction and operation will also provide insight into the implication of adapting existing school facilities to grid neutrality.

David Thorman, State Architect, State of California
John R. Dale, LEED AP, Principal, Education, Harley Ellis Devereaux


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

The Great Green School
As a nation, we will spend hundreds of billions of dollars on school construction over the next 20 years. We must choose to design the next generation of schools to teach lessons of resource conservation, energy and water efficiency and sustainable living.  These great green schools will cost less to operate and provide innovative learning environments that support pedagogy.  This session will highlight LEED certified schools that have been recognized for excellence in design by the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education.

Donnie Kenneth, Schools Sector Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Doug Capps, Community Relations, Portland School District, Portland OR
Steve Oliver, Facilities Director, Park City High School, Park City UT


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Collaborative for High Performance Schools Update and New Criteria
As the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has grown into a national organization over the last two years, it has been able to leverage the lessons learned across its partner states to produce the most forward-thinking, useful resources for creating high performance schools. The new CHPS Core Criteria and the 2009 Edition of the California CHPS Criteria will be the focus of this session, which will provide updates on the CHPS program and high performance school strategies. California design professionals and school districts will benefit from this session particularly.

Presented by:
Bill Orr, CEG, Executive Director, CHPS


Finance Track

10:45 am – noon

Funding Your Programs – Energy, Fleet, Curriculum
The California Energy Commission has funds for a wide variety of campus greening efforts; from retrofitting your buildings to adding new curriculum to replacing your fleet. The Commission is rolling out programs using federal and state stimulus funds. Come hear the Commission staff on how you can get funds toward green building and clean transportation education to your offerings, get a 1% APR, revenue-neutral loan to retrofit your campus and the funds to retrofit your fleets dirty vehicles.  Hear from the Irvine USD on the new PPA for solar.

Gwen Gross, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District
Mark Sontag, Curriculum Coordinator, Math and Science, Irvine Unified School District
Mike Parham, Board of Education Member, Irvine Unified School District
Pilar Magana, Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Program, California Energy Commission
Laura Franke, Principal, Clean Energy Alternatives, Inc.


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Planning, Funding and Executing the Green School:
Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.)
This will be a “how to” workshop that will give attendees the step-by-step tools they need to successfully plan, fund and execute a green school project.  Presenters will discuss the importance of the C.A.S.H. network and why you need to be involved.  Knowledge “green” architects will the fundamentals of the team, planning and funding.  A case study – What’s being done in the green schools world now will be given and cover both new construction and modernization projects.  The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) will provide resources for high performance products, processes and expertise.  There will be also be time for questions and answers during this workshop.

This workshop is a must for school facilities personnel that are looking for “real life” experiences in the “green” schools world.  Green vendors should attend to know what to expect from their clients when talking “green.”

William L. Savidge, CASH Chair, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Helena Jubany, Jubany-NAC Architecture
Dennis Dunston, Total School Solutions
Rob Samish, Lionakis, Collaborative for High Performance Schools


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Leveraging Your ARRA Money
This session will explore options to leverage your ARRA money. Hear from some of your colleagues.

Dr. Glenn W. Thomas, Secretary of Education, State of California


Energy Track

10:45 am – noon

Strategies for Creating Energy Efficient and Sustainable School Construction Programs
Energy efficiency is not only at the forefront of green technologies, but also the premiere path to building cost-efficient schools. This seminar will examine the ways sustainable school construction programs have implemented energy-efficient green building practices while securing long-term savings. Details on the sustainable and energy efficient elements of current school construction programs will be presented including Sweetwater Union High School District, currently in construction on 9 LEED Gold Projects and 1 LEED Platinum project in design.

Jamie Ortiz, Program Manager for Sweetwater Union High School District, SGI
Stanley Mayer, President, Featherstone
Karl Schrader, URS Consultant, LAUSD Design Management QA/QC Group


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Saving Energy Can Save you $: Here’s How
The Irvine Unified School District in Orange County, California, has taken on the challenge of renovating and building green, as well as thoroughly integrating what they are doing into their curriculum. In a short 14 months, they have come up to speed and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on their utility bills.

Presented by:
Jeff Boone, Energy Manager, Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Gwen Gross, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District
Mark Sontag, Curriculum Coordinator, Math and Science, Irvine Unified School District
Mike Parham, Board of Education Member, Irvine Unified School District


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Energy Education Literacy and Funding
This session will provide an overview on energy/sustainability education with details on “what to look for” so that districts and teachers have a better idea of what is coming down the road and can plan accordingly. It will offer a federal strategic perspective from the Department of Energy, a tactical perspective from the state and an “in-the-trenches” strategy from the local perspective.

Organized by:
Bobbie Wasserman, President, Wave2 Alliances

Kara Edmonson, Senior LEED Project Manager, Leonardo Academy
Robina Suwol, Executive Director, California Safe Schools
Christopher Gerber, Architect/LEED AP, Director Facilities, HTH Learning


Curriculum Track

10:45 am – noon

Thinking outside the Books
The lessons embodied in the way buildings, and particularly schools, interact with their natural settings offer exciting opportunities for the classroom.  Whether their school has been built green or not, a wealth of resources exist to help faculty use the built environment to teach problem solving and core learning objectives.  This session will offer examples of creative ways to get kids psyched about science, math, art, geography, and more by actively engaging them in thinking about their impact on the environment.

Anisa Bladwin-Metzger, New Orleans Green Building Coordinator, U.S. Green Builidng Council

Colleen Morgan, Founder and Director, Bayou Rebirth
Jane Wholey,
Founder and Director, ReThink

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Green Schools as Learning Tools
Green is happening everyday in facilities across the nation. Whether your district is thinking of going green or has already made the transition, there are numerous ways to incorporate “greening” into your school’s curriculum. Students and teachers alike can participate in greening, and each shift to green is a first-hand opportunity to take advantage of your school as a valuable resource. This interactive session will have participants examining their facility’s green resources and identify learning opportunities. Attendees will be able to identify opportunities in and out of the classroom to teach students about their green environment and will interactively discuss how to incorporate learning activities into their school curriculums. Attendees will learn how to: 1. Incorporate green learning into school curriculums, whether the school is in process of going green or is already a green school 2. Relate greening to current and future jobs to help students focus on their areas of interest 3. Develop an activity list to engage students in a “greener” curriculum Session Format: 1. The session begins with a PowerPoint presentation, explaining what green activities can complement the established curriculum as well as how this would prepare students for green jobs available now and in the future. 2. Attendees break into roundtables that are labeled as one of three main topics: classroom, energy and exterior. Based on the table topic, the groups will discuss how green activities can be incorporated into their current facilities. The session speaker will assist with ideas. 3. Team members have 20 minutes to brainstorm how students can participate in activities that teach them how greening impacts the school classroom, energy or exterior. 4. After 20 minutes, the group will choose their top three ideas and present them to session attendees. The speaker will work with team members to relate their green curriculum ideas to their existing facilities as needed.

Presented by:
Nichelle Grant, K-12 Education Manager, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Building Curriculum from Your Green Programs
See how teachers are inspiring their students to go “green”. Connect energy issues to the physical sciences. Integrate sustainability into your curriculum with these hand-on, classroom-ready activities.

Presented by:
Jill Bible, Curriculum Developer for the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences
Grahme Smith, Manager, Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability

Connecting Curriculum with Greening your School
Join us to find out how to green your curriculum while greening your school. Project Learning Tree's new national GreenSchools! initiative is designed for PreK through 12th grade students and teachers to investigate environmental issues at their school and create green and healthy living environments. GreenSchools! connects students and their classroom curriculum to environmental issues inside their school buildings, on their school grounds, and within their communities.

The GreenSchools! program:

  • Provides teacher professional development and environmental education materials that support classroom curriculum.

  • Helps build healthy, safe and environmentally friendly learning environments.

  • Engages students, educators and the community in service-learning projects that improve their school environment.

  • Provides opportunities for schools to receive national recognition and implementation grants.

This session will show how PLT's GreenSchools! program helps schools assess current environmental conditions in and around their school grounds using a set of investigations focusing on energy, waste and recycling, water, the school site, and environmental quality. Participants will try out hands-on activities and investigations.

Presented by:
Kathy McGlaufin, Senior Vice President, American Forest Foundation


Friday, December 11

Green Building Track

10:45 am – noon

New Building Codes and Regulations
California’s new Green Building Code, the first-in-the-nation statewide green building standards are designed to reduce the impact buildings have on human health and the environment while increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, other natural resources and materials. 

This session will provide an overview of the new green building codes, as they apply to the state’s community colleges, and guidelines for a smooth transition to mandatory compliance by 2011.

Presented by:
Dave Walls, Executive Director, California Building Standards Commission
David F. Thorman, California State Architect, California Department of General Services
Enrique Rodriguez, Associate Construction Analyst, California Building Standards Commission

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

The Myth of Sisyphus: a Roadmap to Greening our Schools
The Greek myth of Sisyphus tells the story of a man punished by the gods to roll a boulder uphill for eternity. And that is what our buildings do - eternally consume energy and resources. In this thought-provoking talk, you will uncover the hidden opportunities across our largest environmental problem areas. We will take a journey through the various types of school facilities and uncover how we are missing opportunities to save energy, water and money. You will laugh, cry and never look at your world quite the same way again. Part stand-up act and part inspirational call to action, this talk will provide you with a roadmap for greening our schools for the next 50 years.

Presented by:
Eric Cory Freed, Principal, organicARCHITECT

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Innovative Sustainable Designs - Green Roofs, Insulated Concrete Forms and Modular Buildings
This session will discuss three different types of sustainable designs. Modular buildings offer quick installation and efficiencies.

Green roofs and landscaping are intended to improve building performance, manage storm water runoff, and promote teaching environments at Malibu High School.

Los Paseos Elementary Joint Use Multi-Purpose Building, San Jose, CA, is the first LEED Accredited Joint-Use public school building in the State of California. Using data gathered in the four years since occupancy, the presentation will evaluate the energy efficiency and acoustical attenuation properties of ICF construction over traditional building types.

Presented by:
Rick Torres, Vice President Sales and Marketing, American Modular Systems
Lesley Miles, President, AIA. LEED AP, Weston Miles
Andrea Cabalo, AIA, LEED AP, HUMC Architects
Stuart Sam, Director of Facilities Improvement Projects, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District


Green M&O Track

10:45 am – noon

Sneak Peek at Operations Report Card
This workshop will teach participants how to use the new CHPS Operations Report Card (ORC) to benchmark the current performance of their schools facilities. Come learn about this brand new CHPS offering that will allow you to understand how well your buildings are performing and help you to identify the most important areas to devote increasingly scare funds to. The benchmarks are based on both subjective occupant surveys and objective condition measurements in five categories: energy efficiency, thermal comfort, lighting & daylighting, indoor air quality, and acoustics. The ORC also provides suggestions for improvement, which will help schools both to save money and to improve the school environment.

Presented by:
Nick Semon, Collaborative for High Performance Schools

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Buy Green and Save Gr$$n:
Make Environmentally-Friendly Purchasing Work for your School
Schools can leverage their purchasing power to benefit the health of students and staff, reduce their environmental footprint, and save money! Get tools and resources for what products to look for, how to tell if products are truly green, how to afford green products, and how to save beyond buying. We will provide information from the Green Schools Buying Guide about products from office supplies to cleaners and from green building to food service, as well as resources for policies, bid specifications, and procurement contracts. The Ojai Unified School District will present how its district-wide Green Schools Committee has worked with the facilities and maintenance, purchasing, food service, and other departments to "buy green" affordably and to build teams and policies that will embed these practices into future efforts.

Deborah Moore, Executive Director, Green Schools Initiative
Marleen Luckman, Green Operations Coordinator, Ojai Unified School District

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Clean It Green for a Healthy Environment
Green Cleaning: Good for your health, the planet, and your bottom-line.
Green cleaning can cost-effectively improve indoor air quality, reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, and boost teacher productivity, test scores, and attendance. Learn about the effects of conventional cleaners on asthma, air quality, and worker safety, and the benefits of "green" cleaning. We will show you: how to find green products that perform well, save money, and clean and disinfect safely in compliance with health guidelines. Schools that have already made the switch will be showcased, as well as discussion of changing laws, policies, and best practices.

Deborah Moore, Executive Director, Green Schools Initiative
Laura Keller, Program Manager, Chemical Strategies Partnership

Healthy Schools Track

10:45 am – noon

School Gardens and Learning Environments
Parents, children, and community volunteers under the guide of a few committed community leaders helped support a garden project that in turn connects students with food, health, community and agriculture. The Farragut Garden project used the community spirit to “clean up” the garden and lay the soil. The students plant seeds and then raise, harvest, and eat the crops, improving their nutrition, their knowledge about plant growth, and their patience. Classroom teachers and volunteers integrate food systems concepts into the school’s core curriculum. We hope to bring the students, parents, community members – residents and businesses – together to improve our community, our schools, our future.

Presented by:
Catherine Vargas, Environmental Coordinator, City of Culver City Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations Division
Mud Baron, Green Policy Director, LAUSD
Mia Lehrer, Principal, Lehrer and Associates

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Improving Indoor Air Quality

With the explosive growth in asthma, allergies, and learning disabilities among children, public health experts seek to minimize exposure to environmental pollutants at the earliest age. Since children spend about 90% of their time indoors, homes, schools, day care and transportation are obvious locations for controlling exposure to environmental contaminants that include allergens, irritants and toxins. Achieving and maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) is an integral part of green building protocols such as the US Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System™ and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). While overall environmental impacts such as carbon emissions and energy consumption should be part of any sustainability approach, a holistic indoor air quality strategy is a critical foundation for high performance schools to ensure healthy, non-toxic air for children and teachers. This presentation will feature a case study comparison between two schools suffering from poor indoor air quality. Participants will learn about the indoor air quality management plan implemented during the renovation and on-going operation and how indoor pollution loads were reduced by orders of magnitude over conventional schools. The audience will learn how to research and implement a robust indoor air quality strategy and how improving the indoor air quality in schools will contribute to better test scores, lower teacher turnover, and an overall higher rate of attendance by both students and faculty. Objective: Learn how to reduce indoor pollutant exposure in sensitive child learning environments Learning outcome: • Learn about indoor environmental exposure to chemicals and other contaminants in schools and learning environments • Learn about effective source control through non-toxic construction material, furnishings and cleaning specifications • Learn what is required in achieving acceptable indoor air quality for LEED and CHPS certification of high performance schools and how to maintain healthy indoor environments through the life of the building • Learn the facts about the true “green premium” and the costs of improving your school’s indoor air quality.

Presented by:
Henning Bloech, Executive Director, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

The Shifting Policy Environment:
National Policy Direction to Support Healthy Schools
Last January, a new administration came to Washington and brought major changes to the role of the federal government in defining and supporting healthy school environments. Join us for a panel discussion about the changes in federal policy on school health and the environment and how these changes affect advocates across the country. School stakeholders will also discuss the ways their work is being shaped by the new administration’s priorities

Nate Allen, Schools Advocacy Associate, U. S. Green Building Council

Jaime F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago
Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASNFASHA, National Association of School Nurses, Director of Research
Cathy Davis, Child and Aging Protection Division, Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Potpourri Track

10:45 am – noon

Managing Your Contract for Maximum Performance
Energy conservation and environmental protection are here to stay. Whether a district is retrofitting or building new, energy considerations are at the forefront of today’s school facilities discussions. To make sure that the time and capital you invest in energy conservation yields what is promised or expected, districts must relay on carefully prepared contracts. Risk management, installation, repairs and insurance – these issues and more must be considered if you are to avoid what the Harvard School of Environmental law describes as the most risky aspect of going green – poorly written contracts and exposure to unexpected insurance difficulties..

Presented by:
Kathleen J McKee, Partner, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
Jim Kelch, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo of California Insurance Services, Inc.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

They Did What?!: Green Schools Built for Less
The secret is out: not only do green schools provide students and teachers with healthier places to work, learn, and play, they can also save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in operating costs.  And green schools don’t have to cost more to build.  Assembling a diverse project team and using an integrative approach to design saves time, money, and resources when building new green schools.  Find out what successful schools and districts have done to build green for less.

Emily Knupp, Schools Sector Associate, U. S. Green Building Council

Brian Dunbar, Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado State University
Timothy Erickson, Financial Services Director, Hudson School District, Wisconsin

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

ACE: Climate Change Presentations for High Schools (At No-Cost!)
ACE is a leading national organization that delivers live, exciting, science-based multimedia presentations on climate education to high-school students. The ACE Assembly presentation utilizes cutting-edge media and animation to teach the basic science of climate change, offer solutions and support for students, and leaves students energized and eager to participate.

The ACE Presentation has been viewed by more than 100,000 students since September. Plus, learn about student tool-kits, free student leader/presenter workshops, grants to green your school, scholarships for students, and more. Come check out the presentation that has teachers and students raving, and learn how to bring the ACE presentation to your school.

Presented by:
Ethan Burke, Lead Educator Southern California, Alliance for Climate Education

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