Schools Co-Chairs
Tom Torlakson
California Superintendent
of Public Education

Chet Widom
California State Architect

Colleges Co-Chairs
Erik Skinner
Deputy Chancellor
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor
Economic Development and 
Workforce Preparation
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

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Education Program

Concurrent education sessions on November 28-29 will provide information, strategies, best practices and perspectives that can contribute to the success of sustainability programs in schools. The program is built on presentations by experts and practitioners who have created, directed or managed successful programs or projects in schools.

Session topics include:

- Zero net energy
- Environmental literacy
- High performance buildings
- Funding and incentives
- Energy efficiency
- Greywater, onsite water recycling
- Student engagement in green programs
- Renewable energy
- Sustainable lunch programs
- School garden programs
- Prop 39 best practices
- Clean transportation
- Workforce development & the green economy
- Recycling
- Building health

Pre-Summit Training

Extended sessions on November 27 will offer in-depth looks at essential topics. At present, two Pre-Summit offerings are planned. (Check back for updates.)

November 27
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lessons from ZNE Retrofits
Presented by New Buildings Institute

The workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn how existing K-12 school and community college buildings in California are being transformed to zero net energy (ZNE) performance. More than 10 new pilot projects are currently underway through a unique investor-owned utility pilot program called the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot Program. These real-world examples will offer critical insight into the costs, design and construction approaches, and operational needs to successfully achieve ZNE in schools through whole building retrofits.

Attendees will advance their knowledge of the design process, technology application and approaches used in the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot Program. The four-hour interactive workshop will highlight technical design features and construction practices from the ongoing multi-year journey of the Proposition 39 ZNE pilot schools program. These schools are establishing “proof of concept” that ZNE retrofits of schools are in fact feasible across California and will be presented as case studies and models for replication in your own design. The training will also address operational considerations that are crucial for ongoing successful performance.

Who should attend:
School administrators, construction and operations managers, business office staff, community stakeholders, architects, engineers, contractors, and others interested in ZNE are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so please register and reserve your spot today.

Open to all Summit registrants at no cost

April 27
A Systems Approach to Green Schools
Hours, Details to be Announced:

This workshop will examine effective strategies for connecting and interweaving all aspects of a “green school” from facility programs, environmental literacy, curriculum and garden programs to student engagement, waste management and lunch service.