“Green Technology does a terrific job supporting stakeholders and highlighting the public sector’s clean-tech efforts. I know everyone here agrees: California won’t reach its ambitious climate goals without the public sector—and especially without public schools—leading the way. That’s what this conference is all about—the very best of green schools,” he added. “Up and down our great state, in urban, suburban, and rural settings, green schools are leading the way in resource conservation, health and wellness, and environmental literacy.”
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
The California schools sector is alive with activity, and is expected to remain that way for years to come. A $9 billion state bond to match local funds school construction and renovation has acted as a catalyst for the investment of tens of billions of dollars in local bonds. At the same time, hundreds of millions of dollars for energy projects are flowing to schools as a result of Prop 39.
California’s commitment to emission reduction and resource conservation only intensifies with the passage of time, mandating energy and water efficiency, clean transportation, recycling, green building, environmentally preferable purchasing and other conservation strategies.
For companies that offer preen products and services for schools, the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit is your best opportunity all year to reach decision makers from the largest school market in the country.
California’s public education system is immense, encompassing more than six million students in about 9,900 schools.
A report from U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Cities and Schools estimated that the state needs to invest $117 billion in renovating existing school facilities over the coming decade. Districts throughout the state have passed bonds and undertaken other actions to make it possible to build and renovate facilities. Hundreds of millions of dollars in Prop 39 funds have been allocated for energy projects on campuses.
The California Community Colleges (CCC) form the largest post-secondary educational system in the world, serving over 2.9 million students annually – 77 percent of California’s undergraduate public college students. The system includes 112 colleges, 70 off-campus centers and 22 district offices and its assets include nearly 5,000 buildings.
More than 80 percent of higher education enrollment growth in the next decade is projected to occur in the community college system.
School officials can be very hard to reach via the usual promotional channels. The Summit offers you a chance to establish personal connections with the men and women who design and execute green programs.
There’s a broader perspective as well. Christine Marez, managing director, energy and sustainability for Cumming, expresses it this way: “We all have a responsibility to create opportunities, provide jobs, and encourage the next generation to discover solutions to our environmental challenges. At this time of rapid growth in the school facilities sector the need for environmentally literate students, teachers, and workers is greater than ever. It’s never been more important for companies to engage with each other and the education community.”
From campus programs and curriculum to facilities that help students and parents experience sustainability in practice, schools have unequalled potential to lead the way to a green future.
One of the most popular – and unique – features of the events is the Buyer/Vendor Lounge. At no extra charge, Summit exhibitors are eligible to participate in the Lounge, which allows them to schedule meetings with buyers who have expressed an interest in their product category.
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