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A Case for Sustainability: Local Schools Go Green

  • 02 Nov 2011
  • 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Harris-Stowe State University Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center, 10 N. Compton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103 (event takes place on the second floor; enter from parking lot located behind the building)


A Case for Sustainability:
Local Schools Go Green

A FREE Workshop for School Educators and Administrators

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to partner with St. Louis County, Cooperating School Districts, and St. Louis Community College on the fourth annual Green Schools Event: A Case for Sustainability: Local Schools Go Green

This year’s event includes eight breakout sessions options. Be sure to bring multiple representatives from your school or district to take full advantage of the information available!

The event will kick off with a keynote presentation from Kentucky’s Warren County Public Schools speaking about their net-zero energy Richardsville Elementary School. Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions highlighting more than a half-dozen local school’s sustainability practices in the following tracks: The Built Environment, Student Driven Initiatives, Creating ‘Sustainability Natives’, and School Culture & Policy.  The event will close with a participatory discussion of green schools and state government.

Thursday, November 2, 2011
7:30 am - 12:30 pm (detailed agenda below)

Harris-Stowe State University's Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center - A LEED Silver building!

10 N. Compton Ave., St. Louis MO 63103

Parking is available in the lot on the EAST side of the building.  Overflow parking is available in metered spots along nearby streets. The event will take place on the second floor which is only accessible from the EAST side of the building.  Enter by taking the stairs or ramp from the parking lot.

Click the "Register" button on the left-hand side of this page. Registration deadline is October 11, 2010

7:30 – 8:00 am     Registration & Light Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am     Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:00 am     Keynote Address:
The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School
9:00 – 9:15 am     Break

9:15 – 10:15 am   Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1
(detailed below)
10:15 – 10:30 am  Additional Networking & Snack
10:30 – 11:30 am  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2
(detailed below)
11:30 – 11:45 pm  Break
11:45 – 12:30 pm  Closing:
Green Schools and State Government

KEYNOTE: The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School
Speaker: Joanie Hendricks, Public Relations Coordinator, Warren County Public Schools
Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, KY is home of the nation’s first Net Zero school building. The district, which has grown by about 400 students annually, has built six new schools since 2006. Each building has served as an energy efficiency milestone as officials have honed designs to achieve a school building that operates without cost as a result of limited energy consumption coupled with revenue from solar panel production. The district designed the building to be a hands-on energy museum so students can continue learning about energy. The Net Zero School milestone is one of many accomplishments of Warren County Public Schools that has also offset $6 million in energy costs since 2003 by changing behaviors and mindsets.

(9:15 – 10:15 am)

Built Environment- “ENERGY STAR Advantage, Bayless High School, A Case Study”
Maureen Clancy-May Ph.D, Superintendent, Bayless School District and Jeff Lowe P.E., Owner/Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Solution Group

Student Initiatives – “Wyland Knocks Out Waste!”
Karen Worland, Gifted Educator and Jeanne Schober, Interventionist, Wyland Elementary, Riteneor School District

Sustainability Natives – “Big Changes in a Small Area: Developing Sustainability”
Betsy Guthrey, 3rd Grade Teacher, Edgar Road Elementary School; Leslie Memula, School Partnership Coordinator & Eddie Jones, Program Manager, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

School Culture – “Explore Synergies Between Living Buildings and K-12 Education”
Ralph Bicknese, Architect/Sustainable Design Consultant, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

(10:30 – 11:30 am)

Built Environment – “St. Louis County School Districts Enterprise Sustainability Platform”
Robert A. Tudisco, Talisen Technologies, Inc.

Student Initiatives – “River Kids: Empowering Students to Make A Difference”
Ben Griffiths, River Kids Coordinator, The New City School

Sustainability Natives – “Changing Urban Educational Outcomes by Changing Environments”
Jami Sweeney, Head Of School; Kate Hagel & Lana Azar, Parents/Committee Members, City Garden Montessori Charter

School Culture – “Beyond Recycling: Sustainability in Schools 2.0″
Robert Dillon, Principal; Scott McClintock, Science Teacher; Bill Henske, Science Teacher, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School

Closing Plenary: Green Schools and State Government
(11:45 am – 12:30 pm)
A Green Schools Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators who support the educational outreach and implementation of green schools that are healthy, environmentally friendly which promote learning, save taxpayers money and benefit everyone. Learn more and share your thoughts during this discussion of State Legislation on Greening Schools and the impact of a Green Schools Caucus.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-stl@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!
Allied Waste, A Republic Services Company
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc
Blue Skies Recycling
hellmuth + bicknese architects
New System Janitorial Supply
Schneider Electric
Talisen Technologies, Inc.
Universe Daylighting Solutions

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