California Launches 7x7x7 School Sustainability Initiative

LOS ANGELES — California’s State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, earlier this month 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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Sloan Helps New Orleans School Go Green

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans’ Benjamin Franklin High School, a selective charter school adjacent to the University of New Orleans, is known for its educational excellence and national ranking. However, the achievements of Franklin students are not limited to the classroom.

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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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Austin School Earns Green Building Award

AUSTIN, Texas — The new Sally and Mack Brown Rise School in Austin was recently awarded an Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) 4-Star rating. The AEGB rates projects on a 1- to 5-star scale, with five stars being the highest rating, and honors exceptional accomplishments in sustainable building and design.

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Center for Green Schools Honors Sustainability Leaders

WASHINGTON — The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Center for Green Schools, based in Washington, honored a number of projects, institutions and individuals in December with Best of Green Schools awards. The award program honors sustainability leaders and innovators working to create healthy, high-performing learning places across the educational spectrum.

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