Building Learning Environments for Our Green Future:
The Green California Schools Summit & Expo – Dec 8-10 in ANAHEIM
Over three days, December 8 – 10, 2008, the Anaheim Convention Center will be home to the Green California Schools Summit, the largest green schools conference and exposition in the nation. With a program that covers every aspect of healthy, sustainable schools – from green building and facilities management to developing green curriculum – the Summit will bring together educators, representatives of local schools and districts, state educational regulators, as well as hundreds of innovative companies and organizations.
The first Green California Schools Summit, which took place last December, broke all records for size and attendance and captured the essence and spirit of this rapidly growing trend. This year’s Summit promises to be even more comprehensive, now that the greening of California’s schools is well underway.
The Summit is guided by an advisory board co-chaired by Rosario Marin, California Secretary of State and Consumer Services; Dr. David Long, California Secretary of Education; and David Thorman, State Architect. It will provide three days of networking, learning and planning. The Summit and Exposition will have over 200 exhibitors, and an educational program featuring a complete offering of workshops, panels and dozens of breakout sessions.
The green school construction market is expanding at a pace that few sectors can match, increasing 65 percent each year, and green facilities are helping school districts save millions of dollars. In the face of reduced budgets and off-the-chart increases in energy, water and transportation costs, schools have more reasons to go green than ever – including the increased student and teacher attendance and productivity that come with green, healthy learning environments.
The Summit’s educational program will include topics such as green school design and construction, operations and maintenance, financing operations, green curriculum and much, much more. Case studies and best practices will be presented by panels and individual experts from the education, non-profit, professional and private sectors. They will offer hands-on, outcome-based tools and information on planning, financing, building, operating, maintaining and learning in high performance schools.
“There’s so much new technology, so much information out there that needs to be simplified and communicated,” said State Architect David Thorman. “It is extremely valuable to have a conference that focuses just on green schools.”
A full day of pre-conference workshops will take place on December 8. These six-hour classes will provide in-depth, hands-on training for professionals committed to greening California’s K-12 schools. There will be three workshops on green curriculum resources, a workshop on “Paying for Your Green School,” another on “Sustainable Operations and Maintenance. There will be workshops on LEED and CHPS green schools rating systems and more. The exhibit hall will feature over 200 companies and organizations showing green schools products, services and information.
For more information on the, visit http://www.green-technology.org/gcschools/index.html. Or call Eric Rennie at 626-577-5700.
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