A Case for Sustainability – Local Schools Go Green

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Keynote: The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School (PDF)
ENERGY STAR Advantage, Bayless High School, A Case Study (PDF)
Wyland Knocks Out Waste! (PDF)
Hoech Middle School Green Club
St. Louis County School Districts Enterprise Sustainability Platform (PDF)
River Kids: Empowering Students to Make A Difference (PDF)
Changing Urban Educational Outcomes by Changing Environments (PDF)
Beyond Recycling: Sustainability in Schools 2.0 (PDF)

A FREE Workshop for School Educators & Administrators

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to partner with St. Louis County, Cooperating School Districts, and St. Louis Community College on the fourth annual Green Schools Event: A Case for Sustainability – Local Schools Go Green!

This year’s event includes eight breakout sessions options. Be sure to bring multiple representatives from your school or district to take full advantage of the information available!

The event will kick off with a keynote presentation from Kentucky’s Warren County Public Schools speaking about their net-zero energy Richardsville Elementary School. Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions highlighting more than a half-dozen local school’s sustainability practices in the following tracks: The Built Environment, Student Driven Initiatives, Creating ‘Sustainability Natives’, and School Culture & Policy.  The event will close with a participatory discussion of green schools and state government.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
7:30 am – 12:30 pm (detailed agenda below)

Harris-Stowe State University’s Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center –
A LEED Silver building!
10 N. Compton Ave., St. Louis MO 63103  map

Parking is available in the lot on the EAST side of the building.  Overflow parking is available in metered spots along nearby streets. The event will take place on the second floor which is only accessible from the EAST side of the building.  Enter by taking the stairs or ramp from the parking lot.

Register on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Event Registration page.  Once on the Event Registration page, scroll down and click the “Register” button under the “A Case for Sustainability: Local Schools Go Green” event listing. Registration deadline is November 1, 2011

7:30 – 8:00 am     Registration & Light Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am     Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:00 am     Keynote Address:
The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School
9:00 – 9:15 am     Break
9:15 – 10:15 am   Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1
(detailed below)
10:15 – 10:30 am  Additional Networking & Snack
10:30 – 11:30 am  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2
(detailed below)
11:30 – 11:45 pm  Break
11:45 – 12:30 pm  Closing:
Green Schools and State Government

The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School

Speaker: Joanie Hendricks, Public Relations Coordinator, Warren County Public Schools
Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, KY is home of the nation’s first Net Zero school building. The district, which has grown by about 400 students annually, has built six new schools since 2006. Each building has served as an energy efficiency milestone as officials have honed designs to achieve a school building that operates without cost as a result of limited energy consumption coupled with revenue from solar panel production. The district designed the building to be a hands-on energy museum so students can continue learning about energy. The Net Zero School milestone is one of many accomplishments of Warren County Public Schools that has also offset $6 million in energy costs since 2003 by changing behaviors and mindsets.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1 (9:15 – 10:15 am)

Built Environment- “ENERGY STAR Advantage, Bayless High School, A Case Study
Maureen Clancy-May Ph.D, Superintendent, Bayless School District and Jeff Lowe P.E., Owner/Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Solution Group
The Bayless School District has earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental rotection Agency. ENERGY STAR certified facilities meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA and uses less energy, are less expensive to operate, and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. Bayless has developed a modernization plan for the High School focusing on educational excellence and the learning environment. This session will present Bayless District as a case study in improving energy and financial performance and establishing community leadership.

Student Initiatives – “Wyland Knocks Out Waste!”
Karen Worland, Gifted Educator and Jeanne Schober, Interventionist, Wyland Elementary, Riteneor School District
This is a service project developed by the 2008 gifted and talented 4th graders in an effort to educate students to take only what they will eat and eat what they take at lunch time. The group observed the problem of too much food being thrown away in the cafeteria and developed ways to solve the problem. Though a series of assemblies students brought attention to the waste and initiated an action plan to reduce waste in the cafeteria. After successfully reducing waste by 30%, the students decided they could further reduce food waste by implementing a compost program. Students made their presentation to district administration requesting help to create a composting program. With the support of the Ritenour School District, compost bins were built as an Eagle Scout Project in 2009. Wyland now has a school-wide composting program.

Sustainability Natives – “Big Changes in a Small Area: Developing Sustainability”
Betsy Guthrey, 3rd Grade Teacher, Edgar Road Elementary School; Leslie Memula, School Partnership Coordinator & Eddie Jones, Program Manager, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center
This session focuses on connecting curriculum standards to outdoor learning through the exploration of turning a small open space into a student-friendly sustainable environment that promotes healthy student interactions with the environment. Learn how to involve staff members and the community to build a solid foundation for developing a green space for students to interact with the environment.

School Culture – “Explore Synergies Between Living Buildings and K-12 Education”
Ralph Bicknese, Architect/Sustainable Design Consultant, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
This session will provide an overview of two educational facilities: St. Louis County and Hawaii, and how their exceptional sustainability features provide opportunities to enhance educational outcomes. Both buildings have achieved unprecedented levels of performance and are among the first buildings in the world certified to the stringent Living Building Challenge. Despite the distances and climatic differences they share similar objectives to be models for sustainable buildings. Both facilities were tailored to support sustainability and environmental science curriculum, are zero-net energy, zero-net water, zero-net waste, and eliminated the use of 16 “Red List Chemicals”.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2 (10:30 – 11:30 am)

Built Environment – “St. Louis County School Districts Enterprise Sustainability Platform
Robert A. Tudisco, Talisen Technologies, Inc.
Saint Louis County was awarded a Special Communities Initiative grant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Energize Missouri Communities. This grant was selected due to its strong focus on energy savings and economic benefits for our school districts within the County. The project is to conduct a measurement and verification project consists of auditing the selected facilities and installing an Enterprise Sustainability Platform for continuous retro-commissioning at three selected school districts: Brentwood, Hazelwood, and Parkway.

Student Initiatives – “River Kids: Empowering Students to Make A Difference”
Ben Griffiths, River Kids Coordinator, The New City School
River Kids Coordinator Ben Griffiths tells the story of how he and his 4th grade students created their very own river cleaning organization. Listen to Ben retell the lessons learned from his 7 years facilitating and developing River Kids into the thriving environmental education program it has become today. Learn how you can empower students in your school to pursue their dreams of a better tomorrow for all. Identify the steps taken to form a local youth organization dedicated to cleaning rivers; explore what a youth organization like this is capable of when given the right support; examine obstacles in starting a club/organization; and learn what administrators can do to support students and teachers in such an endeavor.

Sustainability Natives – “Changing Urban Educational Outcomes by Changing Environments”
Jami Sweeney, Head Of School; Kate Hagel & Lana Azar, Parents/Committee Members, City Garden Montessori Charter
A foundation of Montessori education is caring for our planet and respecting all life upon it. Creating a sustainable community with a small footprint is a natural extension of who we are. A healthy planet and healthy children go hand in hand. More and more studies are linking environmental causes to learning and behavioral problems. City Garden is attempting to limit these causes by creating a healthy environment that is optimal for learning and success. We look at the whole child and focus on all aspects of health and environmental well-being, from the food they eat, to the toxins in their environment.

School Culture – “Beyond Recycling: Sustainability in Schools 2.0”
Robert Dillon, Principal; Scott McClintock, Science Teacher; Bill Henske, Science Teacher, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
This session will highlight the efforts of Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School to dig deeper into sustainability. Moving from recycling and turning off lights to a green school culture requires infrastructure, staff passion, and a clear focus on stewardship as a central tenant of the school. Over the past five years, MRH Middle School has expanded its sustainability education in a number of areas that can be a model for other schools. This session will spark new ideas for schools to build partnerships of learning that support the overall capacity of the green schools movement.

Closing Plenary: Green Schools and State Government
(11:45 am – 12:30 pm)
A Green Schools Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators who support the educational outreach and implementation of green schools that are healthy, environmentally friendly which promote learning, save taxpayers money and benefit everyone. Learn more and share your thoughts during this discussion of State Legislation on Greening Schools and the impact of a Green Schools Caucus.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

Allied Waste, A Republic Services Company
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc
Blue Skies Recycling
hellmuth + bicknese architects
Murphy Company
New System Janitorial Supply
Schneider Electric
Talisen Technologies, Inc.
Universe Daylighting Solutions

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