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September 2008

Greentools 2008 a Rousing Success!

Fifty school districts from around the country attend to learn about high performance schools Stakeholders in the high performance schools movement gathered in Sacramento, California earlier this month for the second annual Greentools for Healthy Schools Conference, Training and Expo. The conference attracted a diverse number of participants traveling from areas including Colorado, Washington, DC, Georgia, Massachusetts, Washington, Vermont and Ontario, Canada. Representatives from fifty school districts, over forty design and engineering firms and fifteen government agencies attended.

The second day of the Greentools Conference was held at H. Allen Hight Learning Center, a joint elementary and middle school in north Sacramento and one of the newest schools built to CHPS Criteria. Selected because of its low-tech approach, as well as success in securing funding assistance, the school is an example of how high performance criteria can be included in school districts across the U.S.

Rob Cook, Executive Officer of the CA Office of Public School Construction, and Dave Walls, Executive Director of the CA Building Standards Commission, both addressed the audience on the future of green building in California. Charles Eley, CHPS executive director, also presented HAH with its CHPS plaque to recognize its CHPS Designed status.

Missed this year’s Greentools Conference? You can download any of the presentations offered at the conference on our website:

More News from CHPS

CHPS Technical Committee Seeking Representation by Landscape Architects
The CHPS Technical Committee is currently in development of the 2009 Edition of the CHPS California Criteria. The Sustainable Sites and Water Sub-Committees currently are seeking additional new committee members. Landscape architects are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in participating on this committee please e-mail Technical Programs Coordinator Jon Kuzmich at A letter of interest addressed to the technical committee and CV will be required for participation.

CHPS Awards EPA's Lifecycle Building Challenge Outstanding Entry for School Design
CHPS presented the award for Best School Design for the second annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lifecycle Building Challenge. A group of summer interns from HOK in Chicago took the Outstanding Achievement award for their “Transient Awareness Center” project during a special presentation at the West Coast Green Conference and Expo.

“This project is an excellent example of a learning space that is intimately connected to its urban and environmental community,” Charles Eley, CHPS executive director, said. “CHPS wants to help school designers and communities to understand the lifetime impact of their buildings, and create adaptable, environmentally-responsive structures that can serve the community for generations to come.” Eley continued, “We are proud to recognize HOK for their thoughtful work in this field.”

Nearly 100 million tons of building construction materials is wasted each year. The Lifecycle Building Challenge inspires new ways of building that reduce waste, promote materials efficiency, and raise awareness of eco-friendly building practices in the community. Challenge entries are encouraged to employ materials that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage, and minimize the repeated use of materials through creating buildings that are both adaptable for other community purposes and easy to disassemble.

Click here to read the entire press release> 09/25/08 CHPS Awards Best School Design for EPA Lifecycle Building Challenge

Green Apple Awards Honor Leaders of Green School Movement
The annual Green Apple Awards were presented at this year’s Greentools Conference in Sacramento, CA. This year’s “CHPS Champions” were presented for leadership in climate change, high performance school policy and existing schools.

The Green Apples were presented by the State Architect of CA David Thorman and Terry Clark of Finelite. Mr. Thorman presented the first Green Apple Award in the climate change category to the Natomas Unified School District (NUSD). Participating in one of the country’s most rigorous voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reporting programs, NUSD was designated a “Climate Action Leader” by the CA Climate Action Registry, and are the only K-12 school district in CA to receive this designation.

Chevron Energy Solutions accepted the second Green Apple Award in the climate change category for their work with more than eighty school districts nationwide to help them capture energy and cost savings through energy-efficient facility improvements, conservation and solar power projects.

Terry Clark presented the Green Apple Award in the high performance school policy category to a longstanding CHPS partner, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership for their High Performance Schools Exchange (the Exchange) project. The Exchange serves the Northeast U.S. with the goal that all new and renovated school buildings will be built using high performance school principles to provide an excellent learning environment, exceed minimum building energy code and incorporate sustainable materials and technologies.

The final 2008 Green Apple Award was presented to the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s CA School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. This award in the existing schools category was presented to a program that provides schools with a proven, safe method of pest control that reduces exposure to pesticides while managing pest problems. As of 2007, seventy percent of CA school districts had adopted IPM best practices, while the rest are working to establish the program.

For the complete press release on the Green Apple Awards, visit:

Green Apple Awards in 2009 will focus on CHPS Teams and Projects. For more information, visit:

Join CHPS at CEFPI's 85th Annual World Conference and Expo in San Diego - Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2008
CHPS is excited to see our community members at next week's Council for Educational Facility Planners International's 85th Annual World Conference and Expo next week in San Diego, CA. Join us for a discussion on Wednesday and be sure to stop by the CHPS booth, #219.

Transforming Existing Schools to High Performance: Preview of a New CHPS Tool for the Performance and Operations of Schools
Wednesday October 1, 2008
Engage Learning with Conversations (formerly mini-sessions) on the Expo floor
10:30am- 3:30pm
This workshop will preview a new free tool for school occupants, staff, and owners to understand the performance of their schools, and optimal modernization and operational measures for improvement. The tool, CHPS’ Criteria for Operations and Performance of Existing Schools, will help the school community understand and measure their energy and water use, waste leaving the site, indoor air quality and comfort, and impact on climate change (green house gas emissions).

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