California Launches 7x7x7 School Sustainability Initiative

LOS ANGELES — In January, California’s State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, launched a forward-thinking new sustainability initiative. Dubbed 7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water, the initiative will engage seven experienced architecture firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design for seven representative school campuses, according to a statement by the California Department of General Services (DGS).

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Green California Summit Kicks Off April 7

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s efforts to combat climate change and grow a vibrant economy that will sustain both present and future generations will be highlighted at the upcoming Green California Summit in Sacramento April 7-8.

Through a program of education sessions, pre-summit training and an expo featuring scores of green products and services, the summit will highlight the wide range of policies, programs, strategies and technologies that are being actively implemented to preserve the state’s natural resources.

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USGBC Honors Green Schools

WASHINGTON — The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently honored the 2014 Best of Green Schools recipients. The program recognized 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events that represented the best environmental efforts in schools across the country.

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Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

WASHINGTON — The White House Council on Environmental Quality and Department of Education recently recognized schools and school districts throughout the nation for their commitment to sustainability. The 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees included 48 schools across the nation who were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways, according to the Department of Education.

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Massachusetts School to Go Green While Replacing Main Building

FRANKLIN, Mass., — Administrators at Franklin High School, in Franklin, Mass., are excited about their new school building, which is currently under construction on the same campus as the existing structure. The new building will be significantly greener and more efficient than the current one.

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Sustainability Grant Helps Baltimore City Schools Reduce Electricity Costs

BALTIMORE — Three of the city’s public schools cut a combined $1,500 from their electricity costs over the course of last February and March. The savings were achieved in part through a collaborative program with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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