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July 8, 2019

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How can schools connect environmental literacy and facility programs? The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit will address this challenge. The conference comes to the Pasadena Convention Center October 16-17. An Expo and education sessions will highlight best practices and new technologies. To register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.

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School Leaders to Meet in Pasadena

How can schools connect environmental literacy and facility programs? The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit will address this challenge.

Since 2007, the Summit has highlighted best practices for green school programs. The 2019 conference will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center October 16-17.

The opening session will feature three leaders whose innovative facility and environmental education programs have attracted national attention: Timothy Baird, EdD, superintendent of Encinitas Union School District; Christos Chrysiliou, director of architectural and engineering services at LAUSD and Tony Knight, EdD, superintendent of Oak Park Unified School District.

Scores of green products and services will be on display in the Expo, from electric buses to green cleaning supplies. Education sessions will cover energy efficiency, water conservation, electric school buses, Zero Net Energy buildings, funding sources, environmental literacy and more. A EV Fleet Forum breakfast on October 17 will review current incentives, vehicles and charging infrastructure solutions. The annual Leadership Awards reception, honoring projects on California campuses, will take place on October 16.

For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.

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Imagining the Next Generation of Green Schools
School Leaders to Meet in Pasadena

Green facility programs can help schools save money and create healthy learning environments that boost student performance. Increasingly, school leaders also see them as learning opportunities that can help them meet the state’s environmental literacy requirements.

How can energy, water and building efforts be used to help students grasp environmental principles and concepts? This challenge will be addressed at the 2019 Green California Schools and Community Colleges conference, coming to the Pasadena Convention Center October 16-17.

Since 2007, the conference has helped school stakeholders throughout the state discover best practices for green school programs. Its aim is to give attendees insights and resources that can take their work to next level.

The opening session will feature three leaders whose innovative facility and environmental education programs have attracted national attention: Timothy Baird, EdD, superintendent of Encinitas Union School District; Christos Chrysiliou, director of architectural and engineering services at LAUSD and Tony Knight, EdD, superintendent of Oak Park Unified School District.

Scores of green products and services will be on display in the Expo, from electric buses to green cleaning supplies. Education sessions will cover energy efficiency, water conservation, electric school buses, Zero Net Energy buildings, funding sources, environmental literacy and more.

Greening School Fleets

Driven by a combination of funding and incentives, new vehicle types and mandates to reduce vehicle emissions, school districts are beginning to electrify their fleets. Funding is available to help support this transition from a variety of state, utility and air quality programs.

An EV Fleet Forum breakfast on October 17 will review current incentives, vehicles and charging infrastructure solutions. The program will include an introduction to Southern California Edison’s Charge-Ready Transport Program, which offers districts an opportunity to have charging infrastructure installed at no cost.

Speakers from the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board and other stakeholders will brief attendees on the latest news regarding current and future state support for EV purchases.

Hands-On with New Products and Services

“I am a huge proponent of my district of going to the conference,” said Alan Glass, the energy manager for Northern California’s Pittsburg Unified School District. “Not just for the workshops, but as importantly to see whatever new innovations are out there.”

In fact, the Expo is one of the most popular features of the conference. The 2019 Expo will include everything from electric school buses and charging stations to flooring, design services, roofing and lighting. Government agencies and utility representatives are also on hand to discuss their programs resources and incentives.

Learning Opportunities

Two days of concurrent education sessions will help attendees discover the workings of successful facility and curriculum projects on California campuses. Sources for project funding will also be covered. A Technology Showcase track will highlight innovations in solar power, tankless water heaters, HVAC, and more.

Leadership Awards

A Leadership Awards reception on October 16 will recognize work at the school, district and educator level. The awards are another way the Summit and its advisory board seek to support and encourage progress in the schools sector.

More Information

Sponsors of the Summit include Southern California Edison, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Kimberly Clark, the Energy Coalition, Eemax, Aermec North America, A-Gas, the Western Propane Gas Association and REC Solar. For more about the Summit, or to register online, visit www.green-technology.org. Early registration discounts are available, and additional discounts are available for groups of four or more. For details, call 626.577.5700.

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