2009 Facilities and School Design Archive
LEED Certification for Schools
As schools emerge as a key part of the growing green building movement, board members and district officials should have a healthy discussion about the costs and benefits of investing in facilities. Green schools return the greatest benefits when they are based on the relationship between community, facilities, and curriculum.
Saving Money on School Construction
If your district can afford to renovate or rebuild during the economic downturn, you have some unprecedented opportunities. The federal stimulus package is giving states and districts incentives for a variety of school construction, renovation, and energy-efficiency projects. Plus, struggling contractors are willing to bid lower to win your project.
Using an Educational Adequacy Assessment
When St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools embarked on a facilities master plan, the timing proved perfect to marry their facilities conditions assessment with an educational adequacy assessment. An educational adequacy assessment bridges the gap between a district’s facilities and its educational standards and goals.
Greening Your Legacy
Greening our homes, our schools, and our lifestyles will improve our health and our children’s health. As a school leader, you should encourage your district to rethink the way your schools are designed, built, and operated. Make green your legacy. But where do you begin?
Mapping Your District's Green Vision
Your district has made a commitment to green its schools. Before you dive headfirst into those new recycling bins, you need a clear vision for getting from good to green. Mapping out your district’s green vision and sharing it with your community is an important step in solidifying a sustainability strategy, growing consensus, and ensuring ongoing support.