School Session Descriptions
Note: Sessions and times may be subject to change.
For the 2013 Summit, the concurrent education sessions are open to all registered attendees at no charge! Click here to register.
For speaker bios, click here.
Thursday, April 18
10:45 am-12:00 pm
Healthy Schools by Design: A Guide to Investing in Safe, Efficient and Healthy Schools
This session will help communities build the case for right-sized and high-impact building improvements in our schools. We introduce tips and tools that all schools can use to finance and implement a range of physical improvement opportunities, from small to large, ‘quick win’ to ‘deep dive’. Utilizing a recent program and bond passage Sacramento City Unified School District as a case study, we illustrate how all school stakeholders - school administrators, elected officials, staff, students, parents and businesses - can work together to identify and implement building retrofits that make a real difference in the quality of our learning environments. We’ll provide:
- A framework for linking school buildings to the performance and well-being of students and staff, the energy and resource efficiency of the school, and the environmental footprint of students and school buildings.
- An understanding of how stakeholder values and goals shape school investment priorities and how to incorporate those priorities in school building improvement processes.
- An accessible introduction to the key building improvement opportunities and finance & implementation strategies schools can leverage to build the case for and implement retrofits.
- Ideas for how all schools, regardless of size or availability of resources, can move this conversation forward in their community.
Zac Taylor, Research Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity
Farah McDill, Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow, Sacramento City Unified School District
Julia Burrows, President & Executive Director, GreenWise Joint Venture
1:15 pm-2:30 pm
Combining Real-Time Energy Information with FUSION
Each year, the California Community College System uses approximately 706 million kWh of electricity, 26 million therms of natural gas, and spends $162 million on energy costs to operate 5,281 buildings on 112 campuses and 75 million square feet. Lacking adequate human resources at campuses to manage these costs, it is imperative that the CCC’s leverage technology and continually improving methods of tracking and monitoring building system operations and energy use to become more economically and environmentally sustainable. See how the CCC FUSION System is using nimble web-based Building Information Modeling (BIM) to dynamically link facilities management data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data layers to create a collaborative platform ready to link with the burgeoning suite of energy management cloud-tools available to facilities owners. Whether controlling systems and equipment in a single building, or aggregating and benchmarking energy use data system-wide, the 112 California Community Colleges are using the ‘FUSION’ of facility data and location information for continuous improvement across the facility lifecycle. From campus master planning to energy tracking to mobile phone-ready job ticketing; simple tools can be used to manage the Big Data of the California Community Colleges to a wider audience to improve facilities life-cycle and energy management.
Frederick E. Harris, Assistant Vice Chancellor, College Finance & Facilities Planning , California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
John Roach, Assistant Director, Facility and Government Programs, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Kimon Onuma, FAIA, President & Founder Onuma, Inc.
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Successful Strategies for Schools to Achieve ZNE
Zero Net Energy, these three words define the school of the future – a future that’s now here. This presentation will give attendees the information and tools they need to develop and execute their own ZNE blueprint for maximizing energy savings in their local schools and communities. Learn how to set achievable energy goals, integrate ZNE design with diverse site plans, combine renewable energy with high-performance features, and identify benchmarks for success.
John Zinner, LEED Fellow, President, Zinner Consultants
Beth Brummitt, Principal, Brummitt Energy Associates, Inc.
Anthony Sarich, VP of Operations, American Modular Systems
Friday, April 19
9:00 am-10:15 am
Leveraging Sustainable School Districts for California: a Roadmap
Healthy, energy efficient, High Performance School facilities and grounds are certainly a core element forming the basis of what makes a school ‘sustainable,’ but true sustainability in schools encompasses much more: alignment of governance/administration, energy/water operational efficiency and green cleaning/maintenance, stakeholder engagement, behavior change, healthy nutrition services, best practices in transportation, waste and toxics reduction, zero- carbon/ renewable energy, and environmentally preferable purchasing, as well as environmental education integration to work towards reduced GHG emissions and a culture of sustainability. Can we really say “We have an efficient HVAC system, solar panels, school garden and we recycle; therefore, we are a Green School?” What are the metrics/indicators that need to be measured and managed to achieve sustainability? Some of the State’s first school Sustainability Officers will present an overview of K-12 sustainability programs in California today, describing the gamut of initiatives from grass roots movements developing school gardens, student-led ’green action team’ programs, to Shared Operational Savings programs and more. Walk away with the “Big Picture” vision of what a sustainable school district is, the state of sustainability in California schools today, the gaps, the future opportunities posed by Proposition 39, and a clear pathway to start transforming our schools!
Alice Sung, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C
Principal, Greenbank Associates, Oakland Unified School District, High Performance Schools Program Manager
Farah McDill, LEED AP, 2011 Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow, City Unified School District
Nick Kaestner, Director of Sustainability, SFUSD
10:45 am-12:00 pm
YIMBY: Yes, in My Backyard - Green Schools Advocacy
While California has a long history of developing green schools and we are often considered as one location, we are as geographically and politically diverse as the rest of the country. We are urban, rural, growing, shrinking, building, maintaining, and more.
By collaborating across boundaries, volunteers and advocates have been the driving force to ensuring that regardless of circumstance that every child gets a chance to attend a green school in this generation. Where we learn matters. Four green schools advocates present strategies, project examples, and outcomes from the frontlines of green school outreach and advocacy.
When we’re growing:
A new school in the Los Angeles area is implementing innovative green features and is being designed with an integrated sustainable design approach, where points and certification are the measure and result of doing the right thing, not the driver. The second project addresses the operation and maintenance of existing schools funded entirely with donations. The Orange County chapter completed a green renovation of an elementary school classroom with monitoring devices, and an adjacent 'control' classroom to create a living laboratory. This 'greenovation' has now entered the research phase to collect, document and analyze data that measures the economic savings and health benefits of a green school classroom.
When we’re not:
In many areas of California, even while populations are increasing, our districts are in a budgetary crisis. Advocating for building green feels irrelevant and falls flat. The California Central Coast Chapter (C4) overcame this hurdle by constructing BuildSMART, a mobile resource trailer that moves from school to school educating students, teachers and administrators on the impact of the built environment. This interactive resource has turned first graders into environmentalists, high schoolers into community advocates, and re-engaged educators in the conversation. The audience will tour this classroom, and learn how to replicate this model in their region.
When we’re maintaining:
The power of the many to improve existing conditions. The SF Unified School District’s Rosa Parks School benefitted from true grassroots effort: donated planter boxes, solar ovens, parent group volunteers, and countless services from engineers, builders, and architects, resulted in an outdoor learning lab that provided needed teaching space, a connection to the outdoors and a community meeting space. Building on the ability for every school to go green, SFUSD has been involved in the LEED for Existing Building program for over two years – expanding its approach to making existing facilities better places to learn and be in.
When we’re teaching:
A fifth grade class at Los Angeles USD’s 93rd Street School in South Los Angeles, has participated in CEFPI’s School of the Future competition for the past three years with the LA Chapter Green School Committee as mentors. Told in the student’s own words, we will share how the students learned about green building, living sustainability, and their role as environmental stewards, specifically in their community.
Julia Hawkinson, Senior Project Manager, Parsons
Pauline Souza, Partner, Director of Sustainability, WRNS Studio
Stacey White, Principal, mode associates
Wendy Rogers, Principal, LPA, Inc.