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2009 Edition Public Review Draft

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Public Review Notice, October 2009


2009 Edition of the Massachusetts CHPS Criteria Out for Public Review



October 9, 2009 (Boston, MA) The 2009 Edition of the Massachusetts CHPS Criteria (MA-CHPS) is now available for public review. MA-CHPS was first created by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (MRET) in 2004, making it one of the first green school rating systems available in the country. MRET is currently working with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) to update their guidelines and transition the administration of the verification process and all intellectual property related to MA-CHPS to CHPS. The update and transition are expected to be complete by the end of calendar year 2009.

To download a copy of the MA-CHPS 2009 Edition draft for public review, please visit: http://www.masstech.org/greenschools/. Comments are due by 8am EST on Monday, November 16, 2009.

The Green Schools Initiative (GSI) is an initiative formerly offered by MRET, in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), to assist new schools with green design and the installation of renewable energy systems. The GSI is nearing the end of a very successful 8-year run. Begun in 2001, the GSI provided funding to 45 public schools during its Pilot Phase, resulting in 20 schools that became “certified” as green schools and total installation of 580 kW of photovoltaic (PV) and 11.4 kW of wind electricity capacity. MRET is wrapping up Phase II now and, by the end, will have awarded funding to 18 schools for green design and to 11 schools for the installation of 356 kW total of PV capacity. Learn more about GSI and the MA-CHPS Criteria update here.

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EPA's Lifecycle Building Challenge Winners Announced


CHPS Awards Outstanding Achievement in School Design
The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) recently honored innovative green concepts designed to reduce the environmental and energy impacts of buildings at the 2009 Lifecycle Building Challenge. These concepts may assist the building industry in reducing more than 88 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris sent to U.S. landfills each year. The EPA awards recognized student and professional designs for buildings and building projects, as well as special categories, including the creation of schools and green jobs.

CHPS awarded Outstanding Achievement in School Design to "School M.O.D.", a project by Yosuke Kawai from the University of Pennsylvania, Dayton, OH and Ikue Nomura, from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. "School M.O.D." also received an Honorable Mention for in the Student - Building Category.

“Designing buildings and building products with front-end lifecycle thinking is the key to real green building,” said Lisa Heinzerling, EPA Associate Administrator for Policy, Economics, and Innovation. “These innovators are great examples of how we can build sustainable structures that help meet the needs of this and future generations.”

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