California Climate Fight More Urgent Than Ever

Beijing smog: Studies have found that auto exhaust is the main source of pollution. In the face of proposed changes in federal efforts to fight climate change, California’s aggressive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have become more important than ever. Federal officials have said that rolling back climate programs will allow the EPA to focus Read more about California Climate Fight More Urgent Than Ever[…]

Recycling Organic Waste: Summit Training

As of January 2017, businesses, government buildings and multifamily structures in California that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week are legally required to recycle it. Specialists working to support implementation of the law are finding that there are twists and turns on the road to compliance. A concurrent session at the Green California Summit Read more about Recycling Organic Waste: Summit Training[…]

El Niño, Drought, Mudslides, Hurricanes: Schools Keynote Offers Insights

JPL Scientist Bill Patzert What will the winter bring? A “Godzilla” El Niño sits in the Pacific, and some have wondered if the recent mudslides that shut down the Grapevine are a preview of what the winter will bring. Even if record rainfall does arrive, what will that mean? What are the prospects for Sierra Nevada snowpack? Read more about El Niño, Drought, Mudslides, Hurricanes: Schools Keynote Offers Insights[…]

CHPS Updates: Summit Sessions Open to All

The California-based Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) was founded in 1999 to address energy efficiency in schools. CHPS quickly expanded its efforts to encompass all aspects of school design, construction and operation. The CHPS Criteria were the first comprehensive guidelines available to California schools for use in planning and building high performance facilities. CHPS will be Read more about CHPS Updates: Summit Sessions Open to All[…]

Video: How is Prop 39 Implementation Going?

Prop 39 will be discussed in numerous sessions at the upcoming Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit. We recently had a chance to talk to one of our speakers about her session and her perspective on the state of Prop 39 implementation. Christine Marez, Director, Energy for Cumming will moderate a session in which three districts Read more about Video: How is Prop 39 Implementation Going?[…]

Low-Water Landscapes for Schools – Beyond Gravel

While there’s no question that gravel has a place in water-efficient landscape design, over-reliance on this material can produce results that fall short of what school officials, parents, community members and students expect from school grounds. Other low-water options exist that can provide habitat, ecosystem services, beauty, learning opportunities and even food. At the 2015 Green California Schools and Read more about Low-Water Landscapes for Schools – Beyond Gravel[…]

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Incentives for Schools

Since 2011, California has accounted for more than 40 percent of all plug-in electric vehicle purchases in the U.S. Whether schools are already thinking about EV infrastructure or not, the vehicle decisions being made by teachers, administrators and parents will increase the need for this to be part of their planning. A newly-added session at the Read more about Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Incentives for Schools[…]

ZNE School Retrofits: Interview and Training

The next stage in the evolution of energy efficiency is the “Zero Net Energy” building – one that, on an annual basis, produces as much energy as it consumes. ZNE projects will play a big part in California’s efforts to improve the efficiency of existing buildings by 50 percent by 2030. A Pre-Summit training at the Read more about ZNE School Retrofits: Interview and Training[…]

New Video Series: Meet our Speakers

The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit offers attendees the chance to hear from inspiring individuals and organizations that are working to help districts create healthy, efficient schools. In this new series of interviews using the Blab platform, we’ll be conducting video chats with some of these groups and people. These will give you a Read more about New Video Series: Meet our Speakers[…]