The Green School: Exploring the (Im)possibilities March 2012

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The Green School: Exploring the (Im)possibilities March 2012. Presenters Keith Timko Brian Keenan Agenda Poll: What is a Green School? Types of green elements and costs Stories and lessons learned Steps and Resources
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The Green School: Exploring the (Im)possibilitiesMarch 2012Presenters
  • Keith Timko
  • Brian Keenan
  • Agenda
  • Poll: What is a Green School?
  • Types of green elements and costs
  • Stories and lessons learned
  • Steps and Resources
  • Whether it is green construction, energy efficiency, renewable energy, or more efficient operations, there is a balance that needs to be struck between what is financially and logistically possible for green schools and what is readily achievable.  This session offers participants a chance to share their stories and to discuss what kinds of steps schools can easily take to be greener and where the gaps exist between aspirations and reality.
  • About UsBuild with Purpose is a nonprofit real estate development organization specializing in charter facilities such as charter schools. Since our inception in 2003 we have developed 18 charter schools with total development costs exceeding $110 million serving 5,500 children.An Integrated Approach
  • Charter Schools- Working to take the burden of facility development off the hands of charter schools so they can focus on education.
  • Garden State Schools Initiative- Increasing access to healthy foods by establishing healthy living practices, finding sustainable resources, and providing healthy meal options in schools.
  • Energy Efficiency- Bringing a variety of nonprofits energy efficiency and renewable energy options.
  • Tech for School- Helping schools stabilize technology costs though creating virtual desktop interface systems which enables a single PC to be shared by multiple users.
  • What is a green school?http://www.greenschools.net/But what makes a school green?CurriculumRenewable EnergyCommunity outreachHealthy lunchesGardensEnergy EfficiencyGreen Cleaning ProductsRecycling ProgramConservationRecycled materialsNotable ExamplesThe Willow School, Gladstone, NJNotable ExamplesLearning Gate Community School, Lutz, FLNotable ExamplesUnity Charter School, Morristown, NJThe Impossibilities
  • Limited funds and additional costs
  • Can’t do it all or even a fraction of what we would like
  • Cost effectiveness of measures
  • Government programs don’t work well for charter schools
  • The Possibilities
  • “Start where you are. Use what you’ve got. Do what you can.”
  • --Arthur Ashe
  • Small steps are still worthwhile.
  • Be realistic and practical
  • The Possibilities
  • Rehab of existing space is inherently “green building”
  • Electricity through a third-party electric supplier (ACES Program)
  • Grants for motion detectors and more efficient lighting (Direct Install)
  • Partners for a school garden (City Green)
  • Other school lunch providers (Revolution Foods)
  • Community health initiatives (Alliance for Healthier Generation)
  • Renewable Energy (Build with Purpose)
  • Construction/Renovations
  • Rehab of existing space is inherently “green building”
  • Often new systems are part of the scope of work.
  • Look for most cost-effective measures first
  • Don’t get hung up on LEED certification
  • “Elementary school students in classrooms with the most daylight showed a 21% improvement in learning rates compared to students in classrooms with the least daylight.”Electricity Savings
  • ACES (the Alliance for Competitive Energy Services) is an electric and natural gas aggregation program.
  • Savings of approximately 15% on annual utility bills.
  • Carol Friedman, ACES Coordinator at 732/296-0770 or Carol.Friedman@ACES-NJ.com.
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Direct Install program—
  • http://www.njcleanenergy.com/commercial-industrial/programs/direct-install
  • Walk-through energy audit
  • Grant dollars towards energy efficiency upgrades—70% of the cost
  • Greater Brunswick Charter School: New Brunswick, NJEnergy EfficiencyElectricity Use:Gas Use:25 tons of CO225 tons of CO225 tons of CO225 tons of CO2CO2:25 tons of CO225 tons of CO225 tons of CO225 tons of CO2School Gardens
  • Found good partners like City Green---http://www.citygreenonline.org/
  • Are achievable even with very, very little outdoor space
  • Assistance with curriculum connections
  • School Lunch Providers
  • Schools have looked into switching lunch providers
  • Social enterprises like Revolution Foods are entering the space in NJ
  • Assistance is available from other schools and Build with Purpose to look at financial implications of switching lunch providers.
  • Renewable Energy
  • Still waiting to see with Power Purchase Agreements for solar
  • Roof space and roof conditions are challenging
  • High cost-of-entry
  • www.bwpurpose.org
  • Healthy Communities
  • What is going on in your municipality? Your county?
  • Broader initiatives like the Alliance for a Healthier Generation http://www.healthiergeneration.org
  • Partnerships with food pantries like NJ Food Bank backpack program
  • http://www.njfoodbank.org/programs/kids-division/backpack-program
  • Build with Purpose PortfolioNewark Educators’ Community Charter School
  • Newark, NJ
  • Completion Date: August 2009
  • Size: 28,000 sq. ft.
  • Students Served: 450, K-8
  • Architect: Newwork LLC
  • Contractor: Artco Contracting and Development
  • Total Interior Development Costs: $1 Million
  • Financing/Lender: Victoria Foundation
  • Build with Purpose PortfolioJersey City Community Charter School
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Completion Date: November 2008
  • Size: 24,000 sq. ft.
  • Students Served: 600, K-8
  • Architect: Jamel Kizel
  • Contractor: La Rocca
  • Total Development Costs: $7.7 Million
  • Financing/Lender: The Reinvestment Fund
  • Build with Purpose PortfolioTeaneck Community Charter School
  • Teaneck, NJ
  • Completion Date: August 2009
  • Size: 36,000 sq. ft.
  • Students Served: 306, K-8
  • Architect: Gertler & Wente Architects
  • Contractor: La Rocca
  • Total Development Costs: $11 Million
  • Financing/Lender: Hamlin Capital and New Jersey Community Capital-Tax Exempt Bonds
  • Useful Links and ResourcesU.S. EPA - ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districtshttp://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=k12_schools.bus_schoolsk12U.S. Dept of Energy - EnergySmart Schoolshttp://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energysmartschools/Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)http://www.chps.net/U.S. Green Buildings Council – Green School Buildingshttp://www.greenschoolbuildings.org/Homepage.aspxUseful Links and ResourcesAlliance to Save Energy – Green Schools Programhttp://ase.org/section/program/greenschl/National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - Green Schools Programhttp://www.ncef.org/green-schools/index.cfm#resource-listsSustainable Buildings Industry Council - High-Performance School Buildings Programhttp://www.sbicouncil.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=98Useful Links and ResourcesU.S. EPA - ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districtshttp://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=k12_schools.bus_schoolsk12U.S. Dept of Energy - EnergySmart Schoolshttp://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energysmartschools/Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)http://www.chps.net/U.S. Green Buildings Council – Green School Buildingshttp://www.greenschoolbuildings.org/Homepage.aspxUseful Links and ResourcesNREL – National Best Practices Manual for Building High Performance Schoolshttp://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy08osti/31545.pdfASHRAE - Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildingshttp://www.ashrae.org/publications/page/1604SCIC - High-Performance School Buildings Resource & Strategy Guide ($55)http://www.sbicouncil.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=115Thank You!www.bwpurpose.org
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