Colorado CHPS Criteria
2009 Edition


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October 6, 2009

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September 2009

Colorado CHPS Takes Green Schools to New Heights

September 22, 2009 (San Francisco, CA) The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) made a new assessment tool for green schools in Colorado available for public use. The tool, called the Colorado CHPS Criteria (CO-CHPS), is a state-specific benchmark system for the design and construction of high performance school buildings in Colorado that are energy efficient, comfortable, environmentally responsible and healthy spaces of learning.

"CHPS is here to help Colorado create the best possible schools. With the CO-CHPS Criteria, we combine a uniquely customized building standard created specifically for Colorado schools with a robust national organization that will support the work that will go on in Colorado,” said Bill Orr, executive director of CHPS. "We look forward to the schools and districts of Colorado taking advantage of all CHPS has to offer.” A free download of CO-CHPS is available here.

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Update from CHPS' Executive Director, Bill Orr

Back to School is an Exciting Time at CHPS

Back to school is an exciting time at CHPS. I have much spent time over my first two months talking to representatives from all of the CHPS states to learn about your local priorities, activities, issues, events, and high performance school targets. Most CHPS states either have just finished or soon will finish an update to their state’s CHPS Criteria. Also, we are excited to kick off Colorado CHPS this month.

In addition, as part of CHPS goal to complete the transition from a regional organization to national program, one of my objectives is to visit all of the CHPS states during my first year as Executive Director. To that end I will be hitting the road at the beginning of October to meet with CHPS champions, key stakeholders, and top state officials in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and finally participate in the next CHPS Board of Directors meeting from New York. I look forward to meeting many of you in person soon.

Upcoming Events

CHPS Training: New Solutions for Green Schools in Texas
Join CHPS for an exciting training session in Texas this December, called New Solutions for Green Schools in Texas. School and district facility planners, design professionals, energy consultants, and other interested industry professionals in Texas will benefit from these in-person seminars to promote green, healthy Texas schools. Each three-hour training, facilitated by CHPS staff and local partners, will provide an overview of CHPS’ program offerings, a review of the Texas CHPS Criteria (TX-CHPS) prerequisites and credits, and case studies from Texas practitioners on how to implement high performance schools in Texas. The course will offer 3 AIA Learning Units (HSW/SD credit).

Registration fee: $65 for non-CHPS members; free for school and district representatives; $15 discount for CHPS members; $15 discount for bringing a school or district representative.

Register today! Space is limited:
  • Dallas Center for Architecture - 12/07/09
  • University of Texas at Austin - 12/08/09
  • San Antonio Center for Architecture - 12/09/09
  • Architecture Center Houston - 12/10/09
Thank you to our generous sponsors! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please email or call 415-970-6605 for more information.

Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) 86th Annual World Conference and Expo
September 27-29, Washington, DC
See you at this year’s Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Conference in Washington, DC, starting this weekend. Stop by and say hello to CHPS at booth #209! Still need to register? Click here for more information.

CHPS Training at San Diego Energy Resource Center
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Two in-person CHPS training sessions are scheduled at the Energy Resource Center in San Diego, CA. The sessions are free of charge, thanks to generous sponsorship by San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • A CHPS Update (9 AM to 12 PM)
    Discover the benefits of safe, healthy, energy-efficient facilities that provide the amenities for a quality education. The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) will release the 2009 Edition of the California CHPS Criteria to coincide with Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards update. Come learn about the new credits and how the 2009 Edition will work with the CHPS Verified Program and Proposition 1D funding. 3 AIA Learning Units (HSW/SD credit).
  • High Performance Relocatable Classrooms and Sustainable Products (1 to 4 PM)
    The High Performance Relocatable Classroom Criteria is a new rating program helps relocatable manufacturers incorporate high performance strategies into their designs and makes these relocatables more accessible to schools seeking higher performing portables. Strategies for retrofitting existing portable classrooms will also be included. In addition, CHPS will cover the High Performance Products database. Developed with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency, CHPS' new building products database will help school districts and design teams find products that contribute to the resource efficiency and indoor environmental quality. The database includes products that have been third-party certified and undergone lifecycle impact assessment, making procurement of these products simpler and more efficient. 3 AIA Learning Units (HSW/SD credit).

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