Green Schools Archives

June 9, 2009

Performance Energy Contracts

Performance energy contracts can help school districts save money and natural resources. Because a school district can fund the contract based on expected savings, that school district does not have to provide money up front.

However, a school district considering an energy contract should proceed cautiously: claims may exceed reality, and comfort could be compromised. EDI stands ready to help school districts contemplating these programs.

June 12, 2009

Valuable article from May edition of American School & University

A retrospective on some early green schools:

June 15, 2009

Georgia's First LEED-Silver School

From the AIA (American Institute of Architects):

June 17, 2009

Our Region Trails Nation on Green Design for K-12 Schools

From the May edition of American School & University:

AS&U asked, "Are green/sustainable concepts important in determining the types of materials/products used in your construction projects?" Nationally, 70.7% of school districts said yes.

Next, AS&U asked, "If yes, what areas incorporate green decisions?"

Our region (East South Central -- AL, KY, MS, TN) has the lowest percentage of green products in 5 of 8 categories:

Lighting/Controls: National 86%, ESC 64.7%
HVAC: National 77.3%, ESC 64.7%
Washrooms: National 57.6%, ESC 29.4%
Roofing: National 56.3%, ESC 35.3%
Flooring/Carpeting: National 54.1%, ESC 35.3%

The article does not reveal the size of the survey group, so the data should be approached with some caution. However, the data does match anecdotal evidence that we are trailing the nation in sustainable design.

The really disappointing category is HVAC. Because of our energy-intensive climate (hot in summer, relatively cold in winter), we should use highly-efficient HVAC systems. From a life-cycle cost standpoint, school districts would see significant money savings, as well as environmental benefits.

June 24, 2009

Green School Advocates

The Mississippi Chapter of the United States Green Building Council has formed a green school advocacy committee. If you are interested in promoting green schools or a green school curriculum, please contact me (Chris Cosper) at the email address listed here:

For more information on the Mississippi Chapter of the USGBC, go here:

June 29, 2009

Two Harbors High School

From the spring 2009 edition of High Performing Buildings magazine. An attractive, green school built in Minnesota for $129/SF. Keep in mind, many of the climatic strategies are not necessarily appropriate for Mississippi.

July 12, 2009

Legislation to Fund Green Schools Moves Through Congress

If this bill passes, it may contain additional money for Mississippi allocated for continued Katrina recovery.

July 13, 2009

Innovative School Design

Eight innovative school designs from the February edition of Metropolis magazine.

From the same article: IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience:”

July 24, 2009

School Design Guidelines

When EDI performed the research which lead to the Mississippi School Design Guidelines, North Carolina and Ohio apparently had the best guidelines.

Today, the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) maintains a valuable website:

The National Academy of Sciences report on green schools is worth reviewing. Go to the OSFC website, click on the library tab, click on green schools, and then scroll down until you find "resources".

August 3, 2009

Architects Make Case for Green Schools

According to a recent AIA Angle (an email published by the American Institute of Architects), "AIA leaders told U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan last week that architects are ready to help improve education through better designed schools."

Follow this link for the full story:

August 8, 2009

Continuing Education Opportunity for Architects

From Architectural Record and McGraw-Hill:

Upgrading School Facilities: Rebuilding the Nation's Schools for High Performance

I have not taken the course (yet), so please send feedback if you take the course.

August 13, 2009

Build Green, Save Green ($$$)

From the July/August 2009 edition of School Construction News:

August 23, 2009

Despite Obvious Benefits, Green Can Be a Hard Sell

From the GreenSource WebInsider:

September 3, 2009

Maintenance & Operations

Some ideas to improve maintenance and operational efficiencies from the August 2009 edition of School Planning & Management:

September 18, 2009

Sustainable Schools Program

The Mississippi Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is hosting a Sustainable Schools Program from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, in Jackson. The speakers have been told to keep it brief, and the food is free.... How much more inviting can an event be?

Go to the Mississippi Chapter website for more information:

November 17, 2009

EDI Discusses "Green Schools" With Mississippi Legislature

Chris Cosper and Larry Morgan spoke to a joint committee of the Mississippi legislature Monday. Joining a diverse group of experts including urban planners, contractors, and state officials, the EDI team presented a fact sheet and answered questions concerning green design.

Download the fact sheet:

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November 29, 2009

New Articles from American School & University

The October edition of American School & University has several good articles, including articles on life-cycle costing and daylighting.

The ASU browser:

If you are not a fan of the browser, download PDFs containing the aforementioned articles:

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February 9, 2010

Healthier Schools

Making the case that green schools are healthier schools. According to an article in the October 2009 edition of School Planning & Management:

[Carnegie Mellon] reviewed two studies examining the impact of improved air quality on colds and flu, and found an average reduction of 51 percent in buildings with improved air quality. Carnegie Mellon also reviewed five separate studies showing an average reduction of 38.5 percent in asthma in buildings with improved air quality.

A link to the article:

June 15, 2010

Manassas Park Elementary School

An architect and a school principal discuss the "green" or sustainable features of Manassas Park Elementary School.

A link to the video:

August 23, 2010

Cutting Maintenance Budgets Probably Won't Save Money

In these tight economic times, school districts may be tempted to cut maintenance budgets. However, any short-term savings will likely lead to long-term costs. From American School & University:

November 27, 2010

Fully Funded "Green Schools Fellows" Available to School Districts

Starting in 2011, the U.S. Green Building Council is fully funding a series of Green School Fellows. These fellows will serve as experts in green (a.k.a. sustainable) design and curricula and will be available to the school district for three years.

This is a great opportunity for school districts on increasingly tight budgets to obtain green expertise. EDI is available to help with grant applications.

The USGBC website:

February 17, 2011

A Zero-Net Energy Classroom

During the course of a year, this classroom building will use no more energy than it's PV array generates. (Keep in mind, climatic solution appropriate for Minnesota are not necessarily appropriate for Mississippi.)



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