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May 2010

What Really Grows on Trees

Monthly Update from Executive Director Bill Orr

Many of my best experiences in school were things that happened outside of the indoor classroom -- on the playground, the sports fields and courts, and parade grounds. I was fortunate to grow up in a family that had an extensive garden and orchard on a regular suburban residential lot. But many kids today do not have that same opportunity. As an adult nothing drives me crazier than the fast-food commercials that glorify the "idiocracy" of not knowing where food comes from or how it is prepared.

Now students at CHPS schools may have the opportunity to get dirt under their fingernails and learn gardening at school. School gardens not only provide important opportunities to learn where your food comes from and how to grow it, but gardens can assist with the development of healthy eating habits that can stay with you for the rest of your life. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the first district to pass a resolution mandating the use of the CHPS Criteria, already has an amazing 100 school gardens. However, with over 1000 schools in the district, there’s still a long way to go. So the district is co-sponsoring (along with GOOD Magazine and others) a competition to design a garden module that can be applied to a 20’ by 20’ space on any K-12 campus. Entries are due by June 15, 2010. You can learn more about the competition here:

For designers interested in submitting to this competition, the 2009 Edition of the California CHPS Criteria is a good place to start. The 2009 editions of the CHPS Criteria in Colorado, Texas, Massachusetts, and California include a new credit for a school garden. The CHPS School Garden credit is designed to ensure that the garden persists as a meaningful and ongoing part of the school experience. The credit requires that garden sizing be based on the size of the school; provide a permanent water source; post signage; and develop and implement a long-term maintenance plan.

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Upcoming Events

CHPS Training: Join us in San Francisco for two free trainings next week!

Wednesday, May 26 9 AM to 4 PM
Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco
Funding for this free training is generously provided by Pacific Gas and Electric

High Performance Schools: A CHPS Update (9 AM to noon)
Discover the benefits of safe, healthy, energy-efficient facilities that provide the amenities for a quality education. Participants will learn about the updated 2009 edition of the CA-CHPS Criteria, the CHPS implementation roadmap, and new resources available through the CHPS program. In particular, participants will learn how to apply CA-CHPS to major modernizations with plenty of examples of what can be done from real school projects. Aaron Jobson of Quattrochi Kwok Architects will also provide a case study of American Canyon High School, one of the first schools approved under the CHPS Verified program. In addition, funding opportunities including Prop 1D, Savings By Design, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will be discussed.

Introduction to CHPS Operations Report Card and High Performance Products Database (1 to 4 PM)
Learn CHPS Operations Report Card, the first CHPS program for existing schools. The ORC is an assessment tool designed for high and low performing schools alike, with the goal of moving them all towards high performance. It gives facilities managers the tools to benchmark, analyze, and get recommendations for improvement in five primary categories: energy efficiency, thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustics, and indoor air quality. This workshop will teach attendees how to use the fully web-based tool, both at individual schools and across district portfolios, and follow a case study of a pilot school. In addition, the workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the CHPS High Performance Products Database. Participants will learn how to use the tool to identify third-party certified products that contribute to the materials and indoor environmental quality credits of the CHPS Criteria.

CHPS Training: CHPS is heading to Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24 9 AM to 4 PM
Manchester Essex Regional High School, Manchester, MA

Building green schools in Massachusetts? Join CHPS on June 24 for a free training in the Boston area. The full-day training will cover implementation of the newly updated Massachusetts CHPS Criteria, a tour of a MA-CHPS School and opportunities to network with colleagues from the school facilities community. You’ll learn in-depth about the MA-CHPS green rating system, which is the basis for participating in CHPS Verified, a national third-party recognition program for green schools. Participants will learn about newly updated MA-CHPS prerequisites and credits, and best practices for implementing CHPS Verified and high performance schools in Massachusetts. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this training. For more information about sponsorships, contact Our training partners include: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).

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All webinars are 11 AM PDT, 12 PM MDT, 1 PM CDT, 2 PM EDT, unless noted. Click on the link to register.

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