CO-CHPS Criteria
(Second Public Review version)


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June 2009

Colorado High Performance School Assessment Tool Released for Second Public Review

June 2, 2009 (San Francisco, CA)The Colorado CHPS Criteria (known as CO-CHPS) was released for a 15-day second public review ending on June 16th, 2009. For the past two months the Colorado CHPS Advisory Committee reviewed over 100 comments from school stakeholders in Colorado and nationally. A significant number of changes were made based on stakeholder comments.

“We were pleased with public participation in the first review of the CO-CHPS Criteria,” said Charles Eley, executive director of CHPS. “We believe these comments have strengthened CO-CHPS and that ultimately we will be able to deliver a clearer and more effective tool to the schools and districts of Colorado.”

This new CO-CHPS draft improves the eligibility and recognition section to be more user-friendly. The daylighting and flex energy credits were overhauled, while minor, but important changes were made to several additional credit requirements and implementation procedures. In addition, two new credit options were added on microclimates, and water management systems.

The CO-CHPS Criteria can be downloaded and commented on here. This is the second public review period and comments are due by June 16, 2009. Colorado schools will be able to use CO-CHPS after the public review period has been completed and the CO-Criteria is approved by the CHPS Board of Directors.
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More News from CHPS

Funding for Green Schools Passes in the House
The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 2187) was passed by the House of Representatives on May 14, 2009. The Act would authorize $6.4 in funding for school facility modernization, renovation and repair projects that create healthier, more energy-efficient and sustainable learning environments. A majority of funds must be spent on projects that meet green building standards, such as CHPS. The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration.
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CHPS District Reports 50% Energy Savings After Modernizing to CHPS Standard
The Los Altos School District, located in Northern California, has achieved a 50% energy reduction in most of its schools as part of a district-wide modernization effort which aimed to meet the CHPS Criteria design standard. The district was able to reduce energy costs through the installation of inexpensive energy-saving technology and the increase use of natural light in the classrooms. “We’re paying half as much as what we’d be paying otherwise,” said Randy Kenyon, Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for business services, in a recent article in the San Jose Business Journal.
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Roseville passes high performance resolution
May 5, 2009 (Roseville) - The Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) Board of Education passed a high performance resolution mandating that all new school, new building and modernization projects meet the CHPS Criteria. This resolution will ensure that all schools in the district receive the benefits of healthier, more energy efficient and sustainable schools. Located near Sacramento, CA, the RJUHSD serves over 9,000 students, operating five high schools, a continuation school adult school and independent study school.

“The primary value I see from adopting this resolution is that it formalizes the position of the Board” said Grimes. “Not only does it set a target for all our schools to achieve but it establishes that it will no longer be acceptable to miss that target.”
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