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August 15, 2017

Education Program

Pre-Summit Sessions, Nov 27 | Concurrent Sessions Nov 28-29

Pre-Summit training on November 27 will offer in-depth discussion of vital topics.

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.

Click on the tabs for program details by day. Click on concurrent session titles for session descriptions.

A Systems Approach to Green Schools

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Agreement is growing that creating a “green school” involves much more than high-performance buildings. It means creating an environment in which sustainability is infused throughout all aspects of operations, from facility programs and curriculum to student engagement, lunch service, grounds management and more. This day-long session will offer insights into the design and implementation of successful programs in each of these areas, with a focus on strategies for making connections between them.

The morning agenda will include a tour of award-winning garden projects that the Pasadena Unified School District has implemented to provide learning environments, food for students, curriculum connections and employment opportunities. This will culminate with an extended stay at Muir Ranch, a 3.5-acre biodynamic urban teaching farm and teen jobs program at John Muir High School, and lunch in the garden.


Tony Knight, Ed.D.
Oak Park Unified School District

Timothy Baird, Ed.D.
Encinitas Union School District

Sammy Lyon
Environmental Service Learning Coordinator
Environmental Charter Schools

Ricardo Solis
Energy Education Manager
Maintenance and Operations
Jurupa Unified School District

Shirly Barrett
School Garden Designer/Builder
Pasadena Unified School District

Mud Baron
Muir Ranch Program Director
John Muir High School

Jill McArthur
Master Gardener
Pasadena Unified School District

Katia Ahmed
Health Program Coordinator
Pasadena Unified School District

Lessons from ZNE Retrofits
Presented by New Buildings Institute

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

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 three-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.

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Open to all Summit registrants at no cost.

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10:45 am-12:15 pm

Technology Showcase | Open Building-Creating Resilient Educational Environments

11:15 am-12:15 pm

Funding | Prop 39 Update
Water | Does Greywater Harvesting Make Sense for Your School?
Curriculum | U.S. EPA's Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits
Green Building | HEROES for Zero
Potpourri | Green Ribbon Roundtable
Technology Showcase | LED Lighting

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Funding | School Facility Program Updates
Water |  Municipal Storm Water Regulations – Future Changes Affecting Municipalities and Public School Districts
Curriculum | Learning Opportunities in High-Performance Buildings
Green Building | The Technologies and Economics for Green Smart schools
Potpourri | Creating a Successful Recycling Program
Technology Showcase | Roofing

3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Funding | Green Financing Solutions
Water | Resilient and Sustainable Landscape Design for School Campuses
Curriculum | Implementing a Green Curriculum: Strategies and Success Stories
Green Building | High-Performance Modular Buildings
Potpourri | Details coming soon
Technology Showcase | Renewable Energy Case Studies

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11:15 am-12:15 pm

Curriculum  |  Student Health and Achievement in High Performance Schools
Energy | Vista Peak Preparatory Case Study: An IoT Strategy for Ensuring Optimal Building Performance
Green Building  | Zero Net Energy Schools
Potpourri  |   Energy Savings in School Kitchens
Technology Showcase  |  Doors and Hardware in a Sustainable Built Environment
Workforce Development | Building Careers in Sustainable Facilities Design and Management

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Curriculum | Environmental Literacy and NGSS
Energy | Next Generation School HVAC: Lower First Costs, Energy Savings Every Year
Green Building  | Planning to Prevent Hazardous Materials Exposure: Reducing the Risks of Renovation, Construction, Demolition, and Facilities Maintenance
Potpourri  | Rialto Unified School District "Heritage Citrus Grove"
Workforce Development |Make and Grow Rich

3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Curriculum | CHERP: An Academic and Non-Profit Partnership in Deep, Community Engagement in GHG Mitigation
Energy | Making Schools Energy Efficient - How One No-Cost Program Helps Schools Make Cost Saving Upgrades
Green Building | Details coming soon
Potpourri  | CHERP: An Academic and Non-Profit Partnership in Deep, Community Engagement in GHG Mitigation
Workforce Development | Doing What Matters: Smart Workforce