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August 2010



New York CHPS Goes Verified


Hampton Bays Middle School has been recognized as the first NY-CHPS Verified school building. Designed and built to provide both a superior learning environment and a durable, cost-effective structure, the school exceeds standard building codes in energy use, water use and indoor air quality, while saving operating costs. Located in Hampton Bays, Long Island, and a part of the Hampton Bays Union Free School District, the high performance features of the building combine to warrant its designation as the first New York school that has been confirmed as built to NY-CHPS Criteria. Read more about Hampton Bays Middle School here»

Back to School, Back to Work


Update from Executive Director Bill Orr



Has it really been a year since I became Executive Director of CHPS? We have accomplished so much and have so much more to do. Rather than dwell on accomplishments this month, I would like to highlight some of the activities from the new annual CHPS Program Plan and Budget, which went into effect on July 1... To read more about what Bill has to say on CHPS iPod apps and finding your next dream green job with CHPS, continue reading here»

Post-Occupancy Study of Washington CHPS School Released


Washington State's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Washington Middle School. WMS was built to the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP), which is the state's adaptation of the CHPS Criteria. This report looked at the project performance and actual performance after two full years of occupancy. It includes sustainable design strategies employed, quantitative and qualitative evaluation, cost/savings reporting, and occupant feedback. The study found that "WMS achieves an overall performance grade of 'B+'... and performs well in energy use reduction, very well in water use reduction, exceptionally well in terms of indoor air quality, with room for improvement in indoor environmental quality." The study found that the cost increase was 3% overall. Washington State has made incentives available to green schools, so following the CHPS guidelines added less than 1% to the project. Download the complete report (23 MB, PDF) here»

CHPS Adds Three New Board Members from Coast to Coast


CHPS has expanded its Board of Directors by adding three new representatives from across the country. Katherine Craven from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, Gwenn McDaniel from Johnson Controls, and Mud Baron from the Los Angeles Unified School District were voted onto the Board of Directors at the most recent board meeting. Read more about our new directors here»

Upcoming Events



On-Demand Green and Sustainable Schools Event Videos Available


On-Demand Videos from Green Building Pro
Now available on-demand: Join Green Building Pro, and design, financing and green construction experts for this half day online event. It includes a fifty-minute open panel discussion on the topic of green and sustainable schools. Workshops on green building and education such as daylighting, costs and benefits of green construction, operations and facility management are also available to view. Hear CHPS' Nick Semon discuss options for green school operations.



Join CHPS this September at the 2010 CEFPI World Conference and Expo


September 25-27, 2010
Council for Educational Facility Planners Annual Conference
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Join CHPS for CEFPI's annual conference. Come visit us in the expo - we'll be at booth #328 - or attend our workshop. Join Nick Semon for "Benchmarking Your Schools - The CHPS Operations Report Card," a breakout workshop on September 25 from 1:15 to 2:30 PM. This workshop will teach attendees how to use the fully web-based tool, both at individual schools and across district portfolios. Participants will also learn about the experiences of pilot program participants - the surprises, requirements, and benefits of performing a detailed study of your school.



Save the Date for the 2010 Green California Schools Summit


December 8-10,2010
Pasadena, CA
On December 8-10, 2010, thousands of school officials, green products and building experts and opinion leaders from throughout California and surrounding states will come together at the Pasadena Convention Center for the Green California Schools Summit & Exposition, the largest green school event in the nation. CHPS community members get a 20% discount on registration. Enter "CHPS" in the discount promotion field on the registration page.



Ongoing Wednesday Webinars


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September 1, 2010: Introduction to CHPS
September 8, 2010: Make Your Existing School a High Performance School
September 15, 2010: Introduction to CHPS Verified



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