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Energy Efficient Schools and Students: Complete List of Reference Documents
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Arizona Launches Initiative to Benchmark Every K-12 School for Energy Efficiency
Abstract: The Arizona Energy Office, in cooperation with the State of Arizona School Facilities Board, is launching the K-12 Benchmarking Initiative in an effort to benchmark every school building in the state. The goal is for each school to obtain an ENERGY STAR rating. School facilities managers will start by entering energy data for each school into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which is a national database of energy consumption in schools. This tool allows school facilities managers to compare the energy efficiency of their schools with others. Using these data and recommendations from the Arizona Energy Office and ENERGY STAR, school managers can develop a plan to prioritize investments in energy efficiency. The next step is to carry out the plan, and finally, to evaluate progress. The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager guides schools through each of these steps.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy State Energy Program
URL: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/state_energy_program/update/pro
ject_detail.cfm/pb_id=1311

Automatic Transition
Abstract: This article by Michael Popke describes different automatic technologies (e.g. automatic flush urinals, automated sensors for environmental control, occupancy sensors, etc.) that may be used at athletic and recreational facilities to save money, energy and water. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Athletic Business
URL: http://athleticbusiness.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=
445&zoneid=10

BetterBricks Bottom Line Thinking on Energy
Abstract: BetterBricks helps you and your organization reap the bottom line benefits of energy management. An initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, BetterBricks is supported by local electric utilities.
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/default.aspx?pid=articleindex&to
picname=successstories&typeid=3&indextype=topic&building
type=2

Buildings Energy Data Book
Abstract: The Buildings Energy Data Book includes statistics on residential and commercial building energy consumption. Data tables contain statistics related to construction, building technologies, energy consumption, and building characteristics.
Source: DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
URL: http://www.btscoredatabook.net/

Classroom Lighting Knowhow [PDF]
Abstract: Suggestions for designing rooms and lighting to optimize learning. General classroom and computer room layouts, as well as corridor layouts and lighting fixture specifications are provided.
Source: Design Lights
URL: http://www.designlights.org/downloads/classroom_guide.pdf

Driving to Green Buildings: The Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings
Abstract: The energy employees typically use to travel to and from an average office building during a given time period--its transportation energy intensity--can be a third to twice the energy used to run the building during the same time period. Hence attention to the total ecological footprint of a building must consider more than just the energy efficiency of the building. This September 2007 article from BuildingGreen, Inc.:

  • Identifies eight factors - largely controlled by planners, designers, developers and regulators - that dramatically affect the transportation energy intensity of buildings. Among them are the "D-factors:" Density, Distance to transit, Diversity of uses, and Design of streetscapes.
  • Examines strategies for lowering transportation energy intensity through changes in locating buildings and adjacent land uses.
  • Discusses how to develop and calculate a building performance metric that specifies the transportation efficiency of a building.

Measures to reduce transportation energy use can also have significant additional benefits relating to water runoff, urban heat island mitigation and habitat protection, while creating more vibrant, livable communities. The article also links to an annotated checklist of strategies for achieving transportation-efficient communities that includes: Support transit-oriented development (TOD); Encourage mixed use; Encourage alternative means of transportation; Increase density; Eliminate parking minimums; Change height and floor area ratio (FAR) limits; and Change public and private incentives. Written by Alex Wilson with Rachel Navaro.
Source: Environmental Building News, September 2007
URL: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=16090
1a.xml

EPA's State and Local Clean Energy Program
Abstract: The Clean Energy-Environment Guide to Action identifies and describes 16 clean energy policies and strategies that states have used to meet their clean energy objectives. It describes how states are successfully expanding the role of clean energy in the U.S. energy system and shares the experience and lessons learned from successful state clean energy policies.

The entire guide is available as a PDF (404 pages) or as individual chapters.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/stateandlocal/guidetoaction.h
tm

Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning
Abstract: Evidence has accumulated that shows that the quality of indoor environments can affect the health and productivity of adults and children. One consequence is that a movement has emerged to promote the design of schools that have fewer adverse environmental effects. To examine the potential of such design for improving education, several private organizations asked the National Research Council (NRC) to review and assess the health and productivity benefits of green schools. This report provides an analysis of the complexity of making such a determination; and an assessment of the potential human health and performance benefits of improvements in the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustical quality. The report also presents an assessment of the overall building condition and student achievement, and offers an analysis of and recommendations for planning and maintaining green schools including research considerations. (PDF Format; Length: 192 pages)
Source: National Academies Press, NRC
URL: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11756#description

Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning
Abstract: Evidence has accumulated that shows that the quality of indoor environments can affect the health and productivity of adults and children. One consequence is that a movement has emerged to promote the design of schools that have fewer adverse environmental effects. To examine the potential of such design for improving education, several private organizations asked the National Research Council (NRC) to review and assess the health and productivity benefits of green schools. This report provides an analysis of the complexity of making such a determination; and an assessment of the potential human health and performance benefits of improvements in the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustical quality. The report also presents an assessment of the overall building condition and student achievement, and offers an analysis of and recommendations for planning and maintaining green schools including research considerations. (PDF Format; Length: 192 pages)
Source: National Academies Press, NRC
URL: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11756#description

Green Seal Environmental Standard for Electric Chillers (GS-31) [PDF]
Abstract: This Standard establishes environmental performance requirements for 60 Hz, 3-phase, electric motor driven, vapor compression-type water-chilling packages or systems of 150 tons up to 2,000 tons in rated cooling capacity. These systems are commonly referred to as "chillers."
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/certification/standards/electric_ch
illers_GS_31.pdf

Green SealTM Environmental Standard for Energy Efficient Lighting - Compact Fluorescent Lights [PDF]
Abstract: This Standard establishes environmental requirements for the following energy efficient lighting products: 1.1 Compact Fluorescent lamps. 1.2 E26 medium screw ballast adaptors 1.3 E26 medium screw fluorescent self-ballasted lamps. 1.4 E26 medium screw lampholder conversion kits.
Source: Green Seal
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/certification/standards/energy_effi
cient_lighting_compact_fluorescent_lights_GS_05.pdf

Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Gregory Kats, this report is intended to answer this fundamental question: how much more do green schools cost, and is greening schools cost effective? This report documents the financial costs and benefits of green schools compared to conventional schools. This national review of 30 green schools demonstrates that green schools cost less than 2% more than conventional schools - or about $3 per square foot ($3/ft2) - but provide financial benefits that are 20 times as large. Greening school design provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: Capital E
URL: http://www.cap-e.com/ewebeditpro/items/O59F9819.pdf

Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Gregory Kats, this report is intended to answer this fundamental question: how much more do green schools cost, and is greening schools cost effective? This report documents the financial costs and benefits of green schools compared to conventional schools. This national review of 30 green schools demonstrates that green schools cost less than 2% more than conventional schools - or about $3 per square foot ($3/ft2) - but provide financial benefits that are 20 times as large. Greening school design provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: Capital E
URL: http://www.cap-e.com/ewebeditpro/items/O59F9819.pdf

Healthy Schools Campaign Newsletter
Abstract: Articles related to green and healthy schools.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
URL: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/getinvolved/archives/2
007/june1.htm

Lamps in a New Light
Abstract: Describes different lamp technologies.
Source: FacilitiesNet
URL: http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Lamps-in-a-New
-Light--2075

Managing the Cost of Green Buildings: K-12 Public Schools; Research Laboratories; Public Libraries; Multi-family Affordable Housing
Abstract: This report describes how to control the costs of green building projects by summarizing the research done on that topic for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA), the California State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA), California's Sustainable Building Task Force, and the California Department of General Services (DGS). (PDF Format; Length: 88 pages)
Source: Alameda County Waste Management Authority
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=5049

Managing the Cost of Green Buildings: K-12 Public Schools; Research Laboratories; Public Libraries; Multi-family Affordable Housing
Abstract: This report describes how to control the costs of green building projects by summarizing the research done on that topic for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA), the California State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA), California's Sustainable Building Task Force, and the California Department of General Services (DGS). (PDF Format; Length: 88 pages)
Source: Alameda County Waste Management Authority
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=5049

Myth and Reality: A Study of Excess Space in the District of Columbia Public High Schools
Abstract: The report suggests that high schools should undergo a careful individualized space before planning begins.
Source: 21st Century School Fund
URL: http://www.21csf.org/csf-home/publications/pubs.asp#myth

Myths about Energy in Schools [PDF]
Abstract: This document looks at some of the myths and misconceptions about energy in schools, and provides the facts that can help school districts make smart energy choices.
Source: Energy Smart Schools
URL: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/31607.pdf

Portable Classrooms
Abstract: Portable -- or "relocatable" -- classrooms have been a feature of many school districts for years. From a district's perspective, the two advantages of portable classrooms are low initial cost and short time between specification and occupancy. They are intended to provide flexibility to school districts, enabling quick response to demographic changes and providing the ability to be moved from one school to another as demographics change. In reality, portable classrooms are seldom moved and become permanent fixtures of the school.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schooldesign/portables.html

Portable Classrooms
Abstract: Portable -- or "relocatable" -- classrooms have been a feature of many school districts for years. From a district's perspective, the two advantages of portable classrooms are low initial cost and short time between specification and occupancy. They are intended to provide flexibility to school districts, enabling quick response to demographic changes and providing the ability to be moved from one school to another as demographics change. In reality, portable classrooms are seldom moved and become permanent fixtures of the school.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schooldesign/portables.html

School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs [PDF]
Abstract: Prepared by Princeton Energy Resource International, HPowell Energy Associates and the Alliance to Save Energy, this guidebook is designed for K-12 school system business officials and facilities managers. It is designed to meet the specific needs of school district staff for integrating energy efficiency into school building operation and maintenance by not only providing technical information, but also organizational information on barriers, challenges, and the necessary steps required to develop this type of energy management program within the school district organizational structure. The guide also provides case studies and identifies common practices that have been successful in a wide variety of American school districts. (PDF Format; Length: 132 pages)
Source: PERI, HPowell Energy Associates, ASE
URL: http://www.ase.org/uploaded_files/greenschools/School%20Ener
gy%20Guidebook_9-04.pdf

School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs [PDF]
Abstract: Prepared by Princeton Energy Resource International, HPowell Energy Associates and the Alliance to Save Energy, this guidebook is designed for K-12 school system business officials and facilities managers. It is designed to meet the specific needs of school district staff for integrating energy efficiency into school building operation and maintenance by not only providing technical information, but also organizational information on barriers, challenges, and the necessary steps required to develop this type of energy management program within the school district organizational structure. The guide also provides case studies and identifies common practices that have been successful in a wide variety of American school districts. (PDF Format; Length: 132 pages)
Source: PERI, HPowell Energy Associates, ASE
URL: http://www.ase.org/uploaded_files/greenschools/School%20Ener
gy%20Guidebook_9-04.pdf

Skylighting in Schools - A Healthy Advantage
Abstract: Older schools in this district were built with few windows, and students complained they felt "claustrophobic." Based on these comments, as well as concerns about energy efficiency, the school board decided that natural light was essential to the learning experience. In the early 1980s they directed architects to maximize natural lighting in all new buildings. Numerous documents on lighting, skylighting andn design considerations are available from this location.
Source: Energy Design Resources
URL: http://www.energydesignresources.com/resource/1/

Solar Energy Technologies Program
Abstract: The focus of this site is to provide information on solar energy, the current status of solar energy and to share funding opportunities.
Source: Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/

What's Your School Energy Policy?
Abstract: Getting your school district to start saving energy and money may be as simple as putting in writing a few logical energy guidelines.
Source: Watt Watchers of Texas
URL: http://wattwatchers.org/pages/activitiesenergypolicy.htm


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Cathedral High School--Demonstrating Lighting [PDF]
Abstract: This Design Lights case study profiles Cathedral High School, which retrofitted its lighting with assistance from the Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO). The school used WMECO's Classroom Lighting knowhow Series guide to develop a new and comprehensive lighting design. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Design Lights Consortium
URL: http://www.designlights.org/downloads/Cathedral%20High.pdf

Green Building/High Performance Schools - Case Studies
Abstract: Contains links to numerous case studies of green schools.
Source: Illinois EPA
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org/resources/view_cat_admin.cfm?
id=65

High Performance Schools Exchange: Case Studies
Abstract: Includes a list of case studies on 60 schools that have been recently constructed, renovated, or are currently under construction and have incorporated high performance techniques into their design.
Source: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
URL: http://www.neep.org/HPSE/case_studies.html

Historic Neighborhood Schools Success Stories
Abstract: Contains examples, showing how people across the country preserved these architectural landmarks, held onto neighborhood anchors, and created uniquely enriching educational settings.
Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation
URL: http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/historic-schools/su
ccess-stories.html

Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact: Participating Schools
Abstract: A list of schools in Illinois that have signed the Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact. Short descriptions are available for the first schools that signed the Compact.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
URL: http://www.standingupforillinois.org/green/gs_schools.php#sc
hools

Indoor Air Quality - Case Studies
Abstract: Includes case studies in which indoor air quality issues were addressed in the design, construction or renovation of a school facility.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schooldesign/casestudies.html

St. Catherine of Genoa School--Demonstrating Lighting [PDF]
Abstract: This Design Lights Consortium case study profiles St. Catherine of Genoa School in Somerville, MA. The school retrofitted its lighting and now uses dual-technology occupancy sensors and direct-indirect pendants with T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Design Lights Consortium
URL: http://www.designlights.org/downloads/St.%20Catherine%20Tech
%20Sheet.pdf

Sustainable Flooring: Successful Community Partnerships Build Sustainable School Buildings
Abstract: Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colo., embarked on a mission: to work with designers in creating a high-performance school that not only set new standards in education facility design, but also stayed within the restraints of a typical school budget. To achieve this goal, the district chose to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its new Fossil Ridge High School. The result: A state-of-the-art, 290,000-square-foot building with capacity for 1,800 students--all of whom will learn in an environmentally responsible, healthy building that's saving the school district money. Case study written by Lee H. Schilling. Source: Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) Magazine, May 20, 2008; also available in the print June 2008 edition of the magazine.
Source: Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) Magazine
URL: http://www.edcmag.com/CDA/Articles/Sustainable_Flooring/BNP_
GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000341474

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Catalog
Abstract: The BMP Catalog was designed to enhance EPA's Environmental Management System (EMS) Guide for Colleges and Universities. The case studies included in the BMP Catalog are intended to assist colleges and universities achieve compliance and beyond compliance goals such as pollution prevention, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship. The Catalog addresses topics including (but not limited to) energy efficiency, green building practices, and pollution prevention.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ne/assistance/univ/bmpcatalog.html

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Catalog
Abstract: The BMP Catalog was designed to enhance EPA's Environmental Management System (EMS) Guide for Colleges and Universities. The case studies included in the BMP Catalog are intended to assist colleges and universities achieve compliance and beyond compliance goals such as pollution prevention, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship. The Catalog addresses topics including (but not limited to) energy efficiency, green building practices, and pollution prevention.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ne/assistance/univ/bmpcatalog.html


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Energy Information Administration
Abstract: Energy Information fact sheets (30 as of October 2004) on a broad range of energy topics are provided. Each sheet has links to additional sources. Topics include oil prices, petroleum consumption, renewable energy, natural gas reserves, degree days and more.
Source:
URL: http://www.eia.doe.gov/bookshelf/eer/renew.html

EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse Publications [PDF]
Abstract: The EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse developed energy efficiency fact sheets for energy users in the Northwest.
Source: EnergyIdeas
URL: http://www.energyideas.org/documents/misc/procurerpt.pdf

Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider [PDF]
Abstract: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to "green" their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has been placed on prevention-oriented strategies, which are preferable to dealings with wastes and pollutants after the fact. The benefits of a green school program are outlined and management strategies are included. Sections include: energy use, indoor air quality, solid waste, hazardous materials, mercury use, laboratory waste, mold growth, water consumption, building construction/renovation, purchasing, pest management, groundskeeping, and food service. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: IL Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/green-illinois/green-schools/gree
n-schools-checklist.pdf

High Performance School Q & A [PDF]
Abstract: High level answers to common questions regarding high performance schools. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/graphics/assets/documents/QandA_
Final.pdf


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ABC's of Biofuels
Abstract: Linked definitions on biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel are provided.
Source: Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/abcs_biofuels.html

BetterBricks Integrated Design Lab Network
Abstract: Northwest architects and engineers have resources close to home to help them incorporate high performance building practices into their commercial building designs. BetterBricks, in partnership with the universities and electric utilities across the Northwest, supports this regional network of design assistance labs. The lab network serves as a technical resource of credible and unbiased information and education to facilitate energy efficient design to achieve high performance buildings. The labs help building professionals take advantage of the design and financial benefits of energy efficiency to create more productive and comfortable environments. Each lab provides access to information, tools and, resources on integrated design and other high performance building practices, and a variety of advisory services. Regional contact information, as well as specific contacts for Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are listed.
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/DetailPage.aspx?ID=253

BetterBricks Integrated Design Lab Network
Abstract: Northwest architects and engineers have resources close to home to help them incorporate high performance building practices into their commercial building designs. BetterBricks, in partnership with the universities and electric utilities across the Northwest, supports this regional network of design assistance labs. The lab network serves as a technical resource of credible and unbiased information and education to facilitate energy efficient design to achieve high performance buildings. The labs help building professionals take advantage of the design and financial benefits of energy efficiency to create more productive and comfortable environments. Each lab provides access to information, tools and, resources on integrated design and other high performance building practices, and a variety of advisory services. Regional contact information, as well as specific contacts for Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are listed.
Source: BetterBricks
URL: http://www.betterbricks.com/DetailPage.aspx?ID=253

Clean Energy Glossary
Abstract: This glossary provides definitions of a number of important terms associated with power generation technologies and their environmental impacts, including definitions of specific pollutants, technologies, and the key terms related to the electric power marketplace.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/RDEE/energy-and-you/glossary.html

Coal Glossary
Abstract: Glossary of Coal-related terms is provided. This also serves as a portal to lesson plans and teacher resources on coal.
Source: American Coal Foundation
URL: http://www.teachcoal.org/glossary.html

Coal Glossary
Abstract: Glossary of Coal-related terms is provided. This also serves as a portal to lesson plans and teacher resources on coal.
Source: American Coal Foundation
URL: http://www.teachcoal.org/glossary.html

Glossary of Energy-Related Terms
Abstract: This is a comprehensive list of easy to understand energy-related terms.
Source: Department of Energy
URL: http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/information_resources/in
dex.cfm/mytopic=60001

Wind Energy Glossary
Abstract: This glossary is provided in English, German, Spanish, French, and Danish. Each term, once selected, provides an encyclopedic explanation complete with images.
Source:
URL: http://www.windpower.org/en/glossary.htm


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An Energy Project Handbook for High School Groups [PDF]
Abstract: This is a state-sponsored program to help schools save energy and money by getting students involved. Students will learn how to patrol their school looking for rooms that are wasting energy.
Source: The Energy Center, University of Texas at El Paso
URL: http://wattwatchers.org/Assets/rphanbook.pdf

CHPS Best Practices Manual
Abstract: CHPS has developed and maintains a six-volume technical best practices manual for high performance schools. The manual covers planning, design, high performance benchmarks, maintenance and operations, commissioning and relocatable classrooms in high performance schools. The manual was developed through a consensus process with the assistance of school officials, state agencies, industry representatives and design professionals. CHPS periodically updates each volume of the manual. The volumes are available for download at this web site (the majority of which is non-printable format), or you may order a hard copy of the manual at this site.
Source: CHPS
URL: http://www.chps.net/manual/index.htm#BPM

CHPS Best Practices Manual
Abstract: CHPS has developed and maintains a six-volume technical best practices manual for high performance schools. The manual covers planning, design, high performance benchmarks, maintenance and operations, commissioning and relocatable classrooms in high performance schools. The manual was developed through a consensus process with the assistance of school officials, state agencies, industry representatives and design professionals. CHPS periodically updates each volume of the manual. The volumes are available for download at this web site (the majority of which is non-printable format), or you may order a hard copy of the manual at this site.
Source: CHPS
URL: http://www.chps.net/manual/index.htm#BPM

Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools--Cool and Dry Climates [PDF]
Abstract: Energy designs included in this 88-page document includes case studies as well as site designs, daylighting, energy-effcicient shells, lighting, ventilation systems, water conservation, transportation and much more.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/29109.pdf

Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools--Cool and Dry Climates [PDF]
Abstract: Energy designs included in this 88-page document includes case studies as well as site designs, daylighting, energy-effcicient shells, lighting, ventilation systems, water conservation, transportation and much more.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/29109.pdf

NEED Project, Putting Energy into Education
Abstract: NEED provides curriculum correlations to the National Science Education Standards, and provides projects, activities, as well as energy-related lessons (complete with student and teacher guides) on a wide range of topics.
Source: National Energy Education Development Project
URL: http://www.need.org/curriculum.php

NY-CHPS High Performance Schools Guidelines
Abstract: The State Education Department (SED) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) created these guidelines, known as the "Collaborative for High Performance Schools" (NY-CHPS), to encourage the use of energy efficient design when building and renovating schools. NY-CHPS will help schools develop and maintain learning environments that contribute to improved academic achievement while reducing operating costs and protecting and conserving our natural resources. Schools built according to the NY-CHPS guidelines are durable, easy to maintain, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable. These improvements contribute to a better learning environment that has been shown to contribute to reduced absenteeism and better teacher and staff retention. Main sections of the guidelines cover the school site, water, energy, materials, indoor air quality, O&M, and "extra credit" considerations. SED and NYSERDA established an Advisory Council to help guide the creation of the NY-CHPS guidelines. That Advisory Council consisted of members of the following groups: the Council of School Superintendents, the Association of School Business Officials, the Association of Educational Safety and Health Professionals, the Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds Association, the New York State Department of Health, the Healthy Schools Network, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the American Institute of Architects. The guidelines are available for download in PDF Format (Length: 145 pages) at the URL listed here.
Source: NYSERDA and NY SED
URL: http://emsc33.nysed.gov/facplan/

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
Abstract: This resource provides strategies, tips and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on decreasing their contribution to climate change. These actions also promote economic development, build healthier communities, and strengthen energy self-reliance. A consortium of more than 20 cities, counties, non-profits, state and federal agencies, and utilities has produced the first phase of this Playbook to help promote the goals set out in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Users can select from Green Buildings, Green Neighborhoods or Green Infrastructure -- and within these topics choose Learn, Plan, or Act options. The Playbook is designed both for communities that are considering taking first steps, as well as for those who want to take existing efforts to a new level. It is evolving as material is improved and added. Extremely easy to browse and navigate, the site is packed with information and photographs. A well-designed search screen has four ways to sift contents of the web site, allowing selection of just the right type of resource, organized under: case studies; model policy, codes and resolutions; presentations and speaking points; reports; software; training and training guides; and resource organizations. Information is also organized under other categories, including principles, approaches, setting goals, indicators, barriers, mainstreaming innovation, leading actions, multiple benefits, policy levers, facts and figures, definitions and FAQs.
Source: Greenplaybook.org
URL: http://www.greenplaybook.org/

WMRC Reference Guide: Environmental Education Resources for Teachers
Abstract: This guide focuses on resources for teaching K-12 students about the environmental effects of pollution and waste and strategies for improving the environment. It also includes some industrial chemistry resources. This guide includes links to classroom activities, background and policy information, standards, and reference sources that teachers can use to develop their own environmental education lesson plans. Because the scope of the topic is so broad, this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Rather, it is designed to give you some places to start looking for resources. Information to help you continue your research at your local library is included at the end of the guide. Compiled by WMRC Librarian, Laura Barnes.
Source: Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC)
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/info_services/library
_reference_environment_education_for_teachers.cfm


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CampusERC
Abstract: The Campus Environmental Resource Center--CampusERC--is intended to be a great library of resources to support campus environmental performance improvement. Developed collaboratively by NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA and the EPA, the primary audience is staff, administrators or faculty who are looking for resources to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news or build and manage better environmental programs.
Source: Campus Environmental Resource Center
URL: http://www.campuserc.org

GLRPPR Educational Institutions Sector Resource
Abstract: This Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Sector Resource provides a compilation of annotated regional and national resources related to pollution prevention for educational institutions. In addition to general resources, those specific to air quality, alternative energy, athletic facilities, compliance assistance centers, green building/energy efficiency, integrated pest management (IPM), laboratories, lead, mercury, playgrounds, relevant P2Rx Topic hubs, and transportation are also provided. Also provides a list of regional contacts for further information, relevant news items, events, relevant Help Desk questions and answers, and funding opportunities. An RSS feed is available.
Source: Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/gltopichub.cfm?sectorid=17

GLRPPR Educational Institutions Sector Resource
Abstract: This Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Sector Resource provides a compilation of annotated regional and national resources related to pollution prevention for educational institutions. In addition to general resources, those specific to air quality, alternative energy, athletic facilities, compliance assistance centers, green building/energy efficiency, integrated pest management (IPM), laboratories, lead, mercury, playgrounds, relevant P2Rx Topic hubs, and transportation are also provided. Also provides a list of regional contacts for further information, relevant news items, events, relevant Help Desk questions and answers, and funding opportunities. An RSS feed is available.
Source: Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/gltopichub.cfm?sectorid=17

Greening Schools
Abstract: Greening Schools is a joint project of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC). This program is designed to assist schools with improving physical environmental conditions, while also providing teachers with standards-based tools to introduce concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention to students. The program offers free technical assistance to all Illinois schools, public and private. The program?s Web site offers pollution prevention, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and related resources for all school personnel, including teachers, administrators, and facility managers.
Source: IEPA & WMRC
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org

Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact [PDF]
Abstract: The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practices that K-12 schools can voluntarily pursue to achieve greater environmental sustainability. Schools as well as districts can check off up to 12 practices to participate, including things on the list the school or district is already doing. Those who wish to participate should print two copies of the compact, have the principal sign the documents after checking off practices the school is now pursuing and aims to pursue, then mail both copies to: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Attn: Jon Zirkle, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200, Chicago, IL 60601-3220. Lt. Governor Quinn will sign both copies, keep one on file, then mail one copy back to the school.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
URL: http://www.standingupforillinois.org/pdf/green/sustainable_s
chool_compact_012908.pdf

Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact [PDF]
Abstract: The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practices that K-12 schools can voluntarily pursue to achieve greater environmental sustainability. Schools as well as districts can check off up to 12 practices to participate, including things on the list the school or district is already doing. Those who wish to participate should print two copies of the compact, have the principal sign the documents after checking off practices the school is now pursuing and aims to pursue, then mail both copies to: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Attn: Jon Zirkle, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200, Chicago, IL 60601-3220. Lt. Governor Quinn will sign both copies, keep one on file, then mail one copy back to the school.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
URL: http://www.standingupforillinois.org/pdf/green/sustainable_s
chool_compact_012908.pdf

NRDC's Greening Advisor
Abstract: A guide designed to help any commercial business or organization reduce its environmental impacts. The principles outlined in the guide can help green commercial business operations and may even cut costs by showing how your business can produce less waste, consume less paper and energy, and use resources more efficiently. Topics include: Why Be Green?; Principles and Policies; Air Quality; Construction/Renovations /Interiors; Energy; Paper; Purchasing; Transportation + Accommodation; Waste Management; Water Quality; and Water Use.
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/enterprise/greeningadvisor/

Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)
Abstract: Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program to help K-12 schools save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, awareness materials, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings. SEE provides schools with the strategies, resources, and support necessary to implement an energy management program. The program is meant to be flexible and can be customized to fit the needs of your school district. Though the program primarily serves school districts in Minnesota, districts from other states are welcome to inquire about the program as well.
Source: Hallberg Engineering, Inc.
URL: http://www.seeprograms.com/

Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE)
Abstract: Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program to help K-12 schools save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a systemized plan, awareness materials, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings. SEE provides schools with the strategies, resources, and support necessary to implement an energy management program. The program is meant to be flexible and can be customized to fit the needs of your school district. Though the program primarily serves school districts in Minnesota, districts from other states are welcome to inquire about the program as well.
Source: Hallberg Engineering, Inc.
URL: http://www.seeprograms.com/

Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Abstract: The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) is designed to encourage for-profit small business owners, design professionals, and building contractors to incorporate renewable energy systems and energy conservation practices. SEDAC is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Community and Economic Opportunity and is managed by the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois and the 360 Energy Group.
Source: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
URL: http://smartenergy.arch.uiuc.edu/html/who.html

Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Abstract: The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) is designed to encourage for-profit small business owners, design professionals, and building contractors to incorporate renewable energy systems and energy conservation practices. SEDAC is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Community and Economic Opportunity and is managed by the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois and the 360 Energy Group.
Source: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
URL: http://smartenergy.arch.uiuc.edu/html/who.html

UIUC LibGuide: Green/Sustainable Building
Abstract: This reference guide includes links to both popular materials and more technical information. It is not an exhaustive list and it includes information that will help you continue research at your local library. Includes news; books and periodicals; products and services; associations and meetings; newsgroups and e-mail lists; and web sites. Pages or the entire guide may be printed for future reference and convenience. Developed and maintained by WMRC Librarian/GLRPPR Help Desk Librarian Laura Barnes.
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
URL: http://uiuc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=2484&sid=12261

UIUC LibGuide: Green/Sustainable Building
Abstract: This reference guide includes links to both popular materials and more technical information. It is not an exhaustive list and it includes information that will help you continue research at your local library. Includes news; books and periodicals; products and services; associations and meetings; newsgroups and e-mail lists; and web sites. Pages or the entire guide may be printed for future reference and convenience. Developed and maintained by WMRC Librarian/GLRPPR Help Desk Librarian Laura Barnes.
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
URL: http://uiuc.libguides.com/content.php?pid=2484&sid=12261


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Eco Structure
Abstract: Full color magazine covering all types of green building projects. Web site also includes links to podcasts and a weekly e-mail newsletter. 8x per year; Free to qualified subscribers.
Source: Eco Structure
URL: http://www.eco-structure.com/

EEBA News
Abstract: Now defunct newsletter of the Energy & Environmental Building Association. Back issues are available online in PDF format.
Source: Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
URL: http://www.eeba.org/media/newsletter/index.html

Environmental Building News
Abstract: Articles, reviews, and news stories covering energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices. Links to online features and other information are available at http://www.buildinggreen.com/index.html.
Source: BuildingGreen.com
URL: https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm

Environmental Building News
Abstract: Articles, reviews, and news stories covering energy-efficient, resource-efficient, and healthy building practices. Links to online features and other information are available at http://www.buildinggreen.com/index.html.
Source: BuildingGreen.com
URL: https://www.buildinggreen.com/ecommerce/ebn.cfm

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C)
Abstract: Bi-monthly magazine covering the green building industry.
Source: BNP Media
URL: http://www.edcmag.com/

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C)
Abstract: Bi-monthly magazine covering the green building industry.
Source: BNP Media
URL: http://www.edcmag.com/


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Schools and the Opportunity to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Abstract: On January 9th, 2008, CHPS called together a group of stakeholders to discuss schools and their impact on climate change, and how CHPS can address greenhouse gas emissions in its 2009 Criteria revision. Presenters discussed greenhouse gas emissions and buildings, calculating emissions, building and policy solutions and model programs in other building sectors. This web pages presents key findings from the meeting, the stakeholders that participated in the meeting, presentation slides, and links to climate change resources.
Source: Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
URL: http://www.chps.net/manual/climate/index.htm


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Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT)
Abstract: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. [Note: EPA is using the term "district" to broadly describe any institutional system for managing multiple schools, whether they are public, private, tribal, charter or some variation.] The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEATv2) is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school. In addition to powerful software that can be used by districts to track any facility issues it chooses, EPA has also included critical elements of all of its regulatory and voluntary programs for schools, as well as web links to more detailed information. Districts and others can download HealthySEATv2 at no cost from the EPA web site. HealthySEATv2 is meant to be loaded and used on district computers; once it is downloaded from the EPA web site, HealthySEATv2 is yours to customize and use as you see fit. There are no reporting requirements and no obligation to use the checklist EPA has provided.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/index.html

Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT)
Abstract: EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. [Note: EPA is using the term "district" to broadly describe any institutional system for managing multiple schools, whether they are public, private, tribal, charter or some variation.] The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEATv2) is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school. In addition to powerful software that can be used by districts to track any facility issues it chooses, EPA has also included critical elements of all of its regulatory and voluntary programs for schools, as well as web links to more detailed information. Districts and others can download HealthySEATv2 at no cost from the EPA web site. HealthySEATv2 is meant to be loaded and used on district computers; once it is downloaded from the EPA web site, HealthySEATv2 is yours to customize and use as you see fit. There are no reporting requirements and no obligation to use the checklist EPA has provided.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/healthyseat/index.html

Portfolio Manager Overview
Abstract: The Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that can track and assess energy and water consumption across an entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.b
us_portfoliomanager

Target Finder
Abstract: EPA's Target Finder tool helps architects and building owners set aggressive, realistic energy targets and rate a building design's estimated energy use.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_bldg_design.bus_ta
rget_finder


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Alliance to Save Energy: About Green Schools
Abstract: The Green Schools Program engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
URL: http://ase.org/section/program/greenschl/aboutgs

Alliance to Save Energy: Saving Energy in Schools
Abstract: This portion of the Alliance to Save Energy web site includes best practices for controlling energy costs for school operations and maintenance; school energy efficiency links; energy efficient school construction resources; indoor air quality information; information on school retrofits; and pollution calculators that allow for the estimation of the environmental benefits of an energy efficiency measure.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
URL: http://www.ase.org/section/topic/schoolenergy/

Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Pledge
Abstract: "Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR" is a national campaign encouraging all Americans to join with millions of others and take small, individual steps that make a big difference in the fight against global warming.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=globalwarming
.showPledgeHome

Clean School Bus USA
Abstract: The goal of Clean School Bus USA is to reduce both children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/

Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Abstract: The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.
Source: Collaborative for High Performance Schools
URL: http://www.chps.net/dev/Drupal/node

Commercial Buildings: Lighting and Daylighting
Abstract: Includes information on day lighting and other lighting technologies.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/commercial/lighting.ht
ml

Commercial Food Service Equipment
Abstract: ENERGY STAR helps restaurants and facilities with commercial kitchens (e.g., school cafeterias) improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=commercial_food_servic
e.commercial_food_service

Electric Power Monthly Report
Abstract: Contains updated information on electric power generation/use.
Source: Energy Information Administration
URL: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/epm_sum.html

Energy Star for K-12 Districts
Abstract: Estabishing a comprehensive energy management program, getting started with fact sheets, evaluating energy performance and much more will prove helpful for school administrators.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=k12_schools.bus_school
sk12

Energy Star for K-12 Districts
Abstract: Estabishing a comprehensive energy management program, getting started with fact sheets, evaluating energy performance and much more will prove helpful for school administrators.
Source: Energy Star
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=k12_schools.bus_school
sk12

Go Green Initiative
Abstract: The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation.
Source: Go Green Initiative
URL: http://www.gogreeninitiative.org/

Green Schools Project: Using Energy Efficiency to Strengthen Schools
Abstract: The Green Schools program helps schools use energy efficiently through building retrofits, changes in operational and maintenance routines, and changes in the behavior of building users. Students, teachers, custodians, administrators, and community partners all work together toward a common goal--saving energy and money. This web site includes information on how to start an energy efficiency program at your school, news, lesson plans, resources, an online forum for teachers, information for students, case studies, and information on sustainable school construction.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
URL: http://www.ase.org/section/program/greenschl/

High Intensity Discharge Lamps
Abstract: Information to help with the determination if mandatory energy conservation standards are technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/co
mmercial/high_intensity_lamps.html

Illinois Green Schools Program
Abstract: The Illinois EPA has several programs that are designed to improve the ability of schools to provide a safe and healthy environment for all those who use their facilities.
Source: Illinois EPA
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/p2/green-schools/

LEED for Schools
Abstract: LEED recognizes schools and has developed a schools rating systems that can be adapted to the unique nature of design for K-12 school buildings.
Source: US Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1586

LEED for Schools
Abstract: LEED recognizes schools and has developed a schools rating systems that can be adapted to the unique nature of design for K-12 school buildings.
Source: US Green Building Council
URL: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1586

Mercury-Containing Light Bulb Recycling
Abstract: This Web site is intended to increase awareness, provide resource tools, information to users, and to encourage the recycling of all mercury-containing light bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) after they burn out.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastetypes/universal/lamp
s/index.htm

Michigan Healthy Schools Program
Abstract: The Michigan Healthy Schools Program focuses on waste reduction and pollution prevention on school campuses, and encourages safety for students, teachers and building staff, as well as the environment.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3585_30068_39780---
,00.html

Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center (MBTAC)
Abstract: This web site is a project of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center with support from the National Association of State Energy Offices and the U.S. Department of Energy. MBTAC provides the Midwest States and their commercial building partners with the information, education, and technical assistance necessary to continue and expand, in a coordinated manner, the deployment of DOE Building Technology Program energy efficient technologies and practices. The "Market Sectors" section is similar to the GLRPPR Sector Resources. For each sector, an online library of resources (case studies, fact sheets, reports, articles, presentations, software tools, etc.), a listing of relevant events, and a list of relevant partnership efforts are provided. The "E-Line" is an online form for the submission of requests for technical assistance, information or other MBTAC offerings. A note on the site indicates that as questions are submitted to the E-line, the questions and answers will be cataloged and categorized for browsing as part of the sector-based libraries (similar to the way archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers are integrated into our Sector Resources). Sectors covered on the MBTAC site include: colleges & universities; K-12 schools; government buildings; commercial office buildings; health care; retail stores; hotels and motels; and multifamily residential buildings.
Source: Energy Center of Wisconsin & Univ. of Illinois--Chicago
URL: http://www.ecw.org/mwbuildings/

Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center (MBTAC)
Abstract: This web site is a project of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center with support from the National Association of State Energy Offices and the U.S. Department of Energy. MBTAC provides the Midwest States and their commercial building partners with the information, education, and technical assistance necessary to continue and expand, in a coordinated manner, the deployment of DOE Building Technology Program energy efficient technologies and practices. The "Market Sectors" section is similar to the GLRPPR Sector Resources. For each sector, an online library of resources (case studies, fact sheets, reports, articles, presentations, software tools, etc.), a listing of relevant events, and a list of relevant partnership efforts are provided. The "E-Line" is an online form for the submission of requests for technical assistance, information or other MBTAC offerings. A note on the site indicates that as questions are submitted to the E-line, the questions and answers will be cataloged and categorized for browsing as part of the sector-based libraries (similar to the way archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers are integrated into our Sector Resources). Sectors covered on the MBTAC site include: colleges & universities; K-12 schools; government buildings; commercial office buildings; health care; retail stores; hotels and motels; and multifamily residential buildings.
Source: Energy Center of Wisconsin & Univ. of Illinois--Chicago
URL: http://www.ecw.org/mwbuildings/

Minnesota Renewable Energy Gateway
Abstract: This Minnesota state web site provides a one-stop shop for information on renewable energy from all over state government. The web site is a cooperative effort of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The site serves as a gateway to all of the valuable information on renewable energy that is currently housed on several different state agency sites. The content is divided into broad search categories including conservation, electricity, heating and transportation. Clicking on any of the links will launch a search that will direct users to the most current and relevant information in state government concerning that topic. Each search will also provide links to other government entities and non-profits related to that topic.
Source: MPCA, MN Depts. of Agriculture, Commerce, & DEED
URL: http://search.state.mn.us/renewable/

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Abstract: Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools. The NCEF site provides extensive resource lists on various topics, which are grouped into the following broad categories: Preplanning, Planning, Design, School Spaces, School Grounds, Case Studies, Safe Schools, Healthy Schools, High Performance Schools, Technology, Materials & Equipment, School Construction, Financing, Building & Operating Costs, and Maintenance & Operations.
Source: National Institute of Building Sciences
URL: http://www.edfacilities.org/

Oregon High Performance School Program
Abstract: The Oregon High Performance School Program offers technical assistance, best practices research, design guidelines and financing to encourage, support, and ensure that new schools constructed in Oregon over the next few years are high performance schools. These schools will form the foundation of a new model for Oregon schools that will be safe, effective, and affordable to operate. The buildings will be designed to provide comfort and a healthy environment for students and staff and at the same time achieve the highest-level of energy and resource efficiency. The extra cost of constructing this type of school should be less than 4 percent of building a typical school building. Web site includes case studies and project reports.
Source: Oregon Department of Energy
URL: http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/school/HPSProgram.shtml

Oregon School Energy Audits Initiative
Abstract: In January 2011, Governor Kitzhaber directed the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) to launch a comprehensive School Energy Audit Initiative. By conducting comprehensive energy audits of school facilities, the state can lay the foundation for a more comprehensive approach to energy efficiency at Oregon's public schools. ODOE staff members have now contacted all school districts with schools that are eligible for the Governor's School Energy Audit Initiative. The audits will be conducted at no cost to the schools or community as they will be funded by Oregon's federal stimulus program (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). The schools to be audited are those that receive their electricity from Oregon's Consumer Owned Utilities and Idaho Power. Schools that receive their electricity from Oregon's Investor Owned Utilities (Portland General Electric and Pacific Power) receive Public Purpose Charges and have had energy audits as directed by Senate Bill 1149.
Source: Oregon Department of Energy
URL: http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/GSI/GSEAI.shtml

Save Energy at School
Abstract: Suggestions for saving energy at schools, tips for implementing a school-wide energy efficiency program and school retrofits will help overcome some barriers and resistance to change.
Source: Sustainability Victoria
URL: http://www.energy-toolbox.vic.gov.au/energy_toolbox/developi
ng_an_energy_management_system/sample_energy_policy.html

Save Energy at School
Abstract: Suggestions for saving energy at schools, tips for implementing a school-wide energy efficiency program and school retrofits will help overcome some barriers and resistance to change.
Source: Sustainability Victoria
URL: http://www.energy-toolbox.vic.gov.au/energy_toolbox/developi
ng_an_energy_management_system/sample_energy_policy.html

School Construction
Abstract: Includes information on the school construction grant program for constructing and renovating schools in Illinois.
Source: Illinois State Board of Education
URL: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/construction/

School Designs
Abstract: New school designs includes case studies and examples of new schools. Challenges as well as designs are listed. The gallery offers an option to explore all or you can select the appropriate grade level and the state.
Source: School Designs.Com
URL: http://www.schooldesigns.com/

State Energy Office Contacts
Abstract: Select a state on the map or from the pull-down menu below to obtain phone, e-mail, and street address of the director of the state energy office and program manager for the State Energy Program in that office.
Source: US Department of Energy
URL: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/state_energy_program/seo_contac
ts.cfm

The NEED Project
Abstract: The mission of the National Energy Education Development Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
Source: National Energy Education Development
URL: http://www.need.org/

USGBC Build Green Schools
Abstract: Launched on October 16, 2007 by the U.S. Green Building Council, this site is filled with profiles of schools that have already gone green, examples of policies governments and school districts have instituted to ensure future schools are green, and a social networking site for visitors to share their experiences, best practices, and creative ideas. The "Resources" section includes videos and slideshows, project profiles, publications, links to research related to green school buildings and their benefits, and links to related green building web sites. A special section outlines LEED for schools and related resources, including a link to a free LEED for Schools 101 online course.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
URL: http://www.buildgreenschools.org/

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