High Performance Relocatable Classrooms
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National Healthy Schools Day
April 28, 2008

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Five Reasons Why Schools Go Green
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Tahoe-Truckee Schools Learn About Rebates
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Napa High School Project Aims for High Performance Standards
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New Members

American Coal Ash Association
California Teachers Association
Edge Development
Hunton Trane Services
Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
Long Beach Unified School District

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April 2008

Healthy Schools Advocates: Learn how to use CHPS in your advocacy!

Celebrate National Healthy Schools Day with an informative conference call seminar on April 28, 2008
Are you an advocate for healthy schools? Don't reinvent the wheel - CHPS has the free resources, policies and tools you need to address school health issues. Learn about the CHPS program at a free lunch 'n learn conference call seminar on National Healthy Schools Day - Monday, April 28, 2008 - targeted towards healthy school advocates that will discuss how CHPS tools can be used to further the goal of healthy learning environments for all.
  • What: Seminar to present CHPS’ essential toolkit for school and student health advocates (seminar presented by conference call and slideshow).
  • Why: To learn how to use CHPS’ free resources to make healthy schools a reality for all students.
  • When: National Healthy Schools Day: Monday, April 28, 12 PM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
  • Who: Individuals and organizations interested in learning how CHPS can assist in efforts to provide every child in every school community with a healthy and environmentally safe school.
  • How: RSVP to Miranda Leonard at or 415-957-9888. Conference call information and materials will be provided ahead of time. The seminar is offered free of charge.
To learn more about the seminar, including the seminar agenda, download the event flyer here. To RSVP, contact Miranda Leonard at or 415-957-9888!

More News from CHPS

CHPS to Hold High Performance Relocatable Stakeholder Meeting
CHPS will be hosting a stakeholder meeting for design professionals, relocatable manufacturers, school districts and other interested parties to provide input on CHPS' new rating program for relocatable classrooms. The event will be held in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 11 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. CHPS will also be updating Volume VI of its Best Practices Manual on Relocatables in association with the new rating program. Both the new rating program and updated manual will provide a tool for school districts to measure the "high performance" level of relocatables they are purchasing, and will help manufacturers assess where they stand in the high performance schools market and offer tools to achieve their high performance goals.

Relocatables that qualify for CHPS will provide school districts with the many benefits associated with high performance classrooms: energy and water savings, increased student performance, and improved student and teacher health. If you are interested in attending this meeting to provide comment and participate in the discussion, please contact Jon Kuzmich at or 415-957-9888 to RSVP.

High Performance Relocatable Grants are still available!
If you are a relocatable manufacturer and are interested in producing high performance relocatables, these grants can help fund the development of these products.
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Submit Your Greentools Workshop Proposals and Charrette Applications Today!
This year's Greentools Conference will focus on climate change, high performance school policy and existing schools. Our goal is to provide concrete tools and success stories so that school districts and design teams can take home the knowledge that will make high performance schools a reality in their districts. We are seeking workshop proposals that fulfill this goal. To download a workshop proposal form, visit: The last day to submit proposals is May 30th, 2008.

CHPS is also offering FREE professionally moderated design charrettes with full conference scholarships to school districts. A charrette is one of the best strategies possible to ensure delivery of the benefits of CHPS and high performance, green, healthy schools are delivered. School districts that have projects in early programming phases in late summer or fall of 2008 are prime candidates for a school district charrette. The primary goal of these charrettes is to bring CHPS best practices and goals into the project as early as possible to ensure greater success. To learn more about the charrettes and how to apply, visit:

New Bill to Watch Promotes High Performance Schools, Solar
A new bill to watch in the California legislature is Assembly Bill 2644, introduced by Assemblymember de Leon. This looks like the next high performance school funding regulation. While the bill is still in committee and has already seen changes to the language, keep an eye on it! Read the bill and follow the amendments here.

Green Building Code Open for 45-Day Comment Period
As part of the Governor's Green Building Initiative, the California Building Standards Commission has developed a comprehensive green building standard code as part of Title 24. Most of the standard is voluntary. The comment period is open until May 12, 2008. Download the 45-day language here. BSC 02/07 - California Green Building Standards Code, Part 11, Title 24.

The second annual Green Apple Awards will take place at Greentools 2008. The Green Apple Awards honor the best in the high performance school community. This year, we will be awarding for excellence in this year's three conference topic categories: climate change, high performance school policy and existing schools.

Awards will be announced at a special luncheon, sponsored by Finelite, on the first day of the Greentools conference. To learn more about the Awards and to download an application,
The deadline to apply is July 1, 2008.

EPA's Lifecycle Building Challenge 2: Designing this building, and the next
Participate in the Lifecycle Building Challenge 2! LBC2 is an exciting national competition to develop strategies supporting building deconstruction and material reuse. Students and professionals interested in policy, recycling, design, architecture, engineering, education, and more are encouraged to enter. Submit ideas in 2 categories: buildings or innovations (components, policies, educational tools, or ideas) that will reduce waste and advance building material reuse.

New in 2008! Challenge partners will present outstanding achievement awards for Best Greenhouse Gas Reduction entry, Best School entry, and Best Residential entry. To learn more, visit the Lifecycle Building Challenge website:

CHPS will select the Best School Design at the Lifecycle Building Challenge 2! The winner of the Best School Design will be invited to present their project at Greentools for Healthy Schools 2008.

School Building Week's School of the Future Student Design Competition
School Building Week's School of the Future student design competition offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the design process. The annual competition, open to middle school students, challenges student teams to redesign their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

School Building Week is an annual program supported by the CEFPI Foundation & Charitable Trust in collaboration with the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of REALTORS®, American Institute of Architects and over 35 other organizations. To learn more about School Building Week and the competition, visit:

CHPS Welcomes Two New Staff Additions!
CHPS welcomes two new staff additions - Jon Kuzmich, Technical Program Coordinator and Miranda Leonard, Events and Education Coordinator.

A recent transplant from sunny San Luis Obispo, CA, Miranda Leonard joins CHPS after years of coordinating educational events to benefit non-profit programs. Miranda graduated from Cal Poly State University in 2002 with a BA in Modern Languages and Literature (Spanish and French). Some of her work experiences include coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day for SLO County, educating indigenous Mexican farmworkers about pesticides and their rights in the field, and managing a program for teenage youth in foster care. An interest in green building and student environmental health attracted Miranda to the CHPS program, where she looks forward to coordinating this year's Greentools Conference in Sacramento!

Jon Kuzmich comes to CHPS with a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Kansas State University and has been active in architecture and construction for over seven years. He brings an extensive background on building projects as small as single family residential, as large as city master planning, and everything in between. He has worked for architectural firms in Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX and spent time studying in Prague, Czech Republic, before arriving in San Francisco, CA. His commitment to green building includes participation in local and national seminars, lectures and workshops and is interested in broadening the use of sustainable technologies and methodologies into the built environment for schools.

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