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March 2010



Greener Schools for Massachusetts


MA School Agency “Enthusiastically Endorses” Updated MA-CHPS Criteria



CHPS has released the 2009 Edition of the Massachusetts CHPS Criteria. The 2009 version of MA-CHPS takes advantage of the growing knowledge base nationally and locally on high performance schools, particularly the recent Massachusetts Green Schools Post-Occupancy Study of Energy Efficiency completed by Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (MRET). Several new credits have been added for high performance measures in electric lighting, adaptability to alternative energy sources, and calculating greenhouse gas emissions. Credits that give points for using the school as a teaching tool and installing water management systems were also added.

"Massachusetts was one of the first states to adopt the CHPS Criteria. Since its creation, the Massachusetts School Building Authority has been a strong supporter of sustainable building design, and enthusiastically endorses the new edition of MA-CHPS,” said Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Eighteen schools have used the CHPS green rating system in Massachusetts to rate their schools. Nineteen more schools have green projects registered with CHPS.

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Update from CHPS Executive Director Bill Orr


Greening Schools Across the Nation


CHPS has truly gone national. While CHPS tools and resources are generally available for use in all 50 states, we have specific adaptations of the CHPS Criteria that currently cover eleven states. This issue of the CHPS E-Bulletin features exciting developments in three of these states. In Massachusetts, we have the release of the 2009 update of the MA-CHPS Criteria, which is the first example of a state adaptation that meets the CHPS National Core Criteria), and in Colorado, CHPS is offering a series of trainings in April to support the launch of the CO-CHPS Criteria.

Meanwhile, in California, CHPS has successfully gotten the ball rolling on much-needed improvements to the incentives for modernization projects under the Proposition 1D, the state school bond. CHPS proposes that the State Allocation Board (SAB) revise its regulations to: 1) supercharge the high performance incentives (HPI) by establishing a "starter incentive" of $250,000 per school plus a doubling of the point-based incentives; 2) continue to base the state regulations on CA-CHPS; and 3) recognize schools that pursue approved third-party reviews, including CHPS Verified, as eligible for the "starter incentive" as an alternative to the Division of the State Architect HPI reviews. What you can do: Get involved in crafting the regulatory proposal at the SAB Implementation Committee meeting on April 8th, mail a letter of support for CHPS proposal to SAB, and/or testify in person at the SAB meeting on April 28th where the resulting proposal will be considered. With these changes there should be sufficient funds for about 300 high performance school projects. For more information on these meetings go to OPSC's website.

Upcoming Events



CHPS Training: New Solutions for Green Schools in Colorado


Join CHPS this April in Colorado for a series of free trainings for schools and districts designed to teach about designing and building green schools in Colorado. The trainings are based on the release of the Colorado CHPS Criteria (CO-CHPS), a green school rating system created especially for Colorado schools. The training will provide an in-depth review of the CO-CHPS green school rating system and implementation guildelines for participation in CHPS Verified, CHPS’ national green school recognition program. You’ll hear from local district energy managers from Colorado's schools and energy agencies on how CHPS works with Colorado’s state programs. The course will offer 6 AIA Learning Units (HSW/SD credit).

Early bird registration ends April 5th, so register today!
Early Bird Training Fees (before April 5): Free for school and district representatives; $50 for CHPS members; $50 if you bring a school or district representative; $65 for all others.
Regular registration fees (April 6 – April 29): Free for school and district representatives; $75 for CHPS members; $75 if you bring a school or district representative; $100 for all others.

Register today! Space is limited:
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Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please email events@chps.net or call 415-970-6605 for more information.

School Building Expo


May 11-13, 2010
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL


CHPS is excited to bring an all-star green schools panel to Chicago's School Building Expo this year. The expo will feature CHPS in the workshop Integration, Design and Performance: Planning the Lifecycle of a School on Tuesday, May 11th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. This seminar, led by CHPS Executive Director Bill Orr, CHPS Technical Committee Chair Jim Ogden and CHPS Board Director Rob Samish, will explore post-occupancy studies, the National CHPS Core Criteria and the new Operations Report Card program.

CHPS Members save 20% on your conference pass! Use the coupon code SCEG2M. To register for this event, click here.

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