On October 4 & 5, the Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green BuildingCouncil is holding an event known as the Green Schools Summit. The twoday event will feature a workshop and conference.
On October 4, between 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, there will be a half-day preconference workshop titled Green Your District, Your Schools, and Your Teaching.
This workshop will capitalize on the experiences of three local experts.Interactive activities will keep participants engaged and provideopportunities for networking with other professionals. This workshopendeavors to help provide the resources needed to improve existingsustainability initiatives or to build a program from the ground up.
Brian Dunbar, Director, Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado StateUniversity will present the first segment about how to develop an SMS,SDG, and partner-enhanced integrated sustainable design.
BillFranzen, SAGE 2 Associates, LLC is responsible for the second segment,he will focus on the process, importance, and benefits of green schooldesign and operations.
Farah McDill, Green School Specialist will conduct the final segment. She will focus on the end-users, theteachers and students, and how they can best understand the builtenvironment of educational facilities, through building-focusedsustainability clubs and behavior change.
On October 4, between 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM there will be an evening networking reception that is open to the public (cash bar).
On October 5, between 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM there will be a full dayeducational conference providing professional development and continuing education credits. The conference is called the 2010 Green Schools Summit: Graduate to Green
The conference offers three tracks: Design (for architects, engineers,contractors and those involved in construction), Maintenance (fordistrict personnel including facilities, administrators, energymanagers) and Curriculum (for teachers, parents, students andeco-advocates). View Session Descriptions
There will also be updates from U.S. Green Building Council’s national greenschools movement, Governor’s Energy Office, and the Colorado Departmentof Education.
Companies that work with schools are being asked to sponsor a school district to help them attend the Green Schools Summit.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the owner of THE GREEN MARKET, one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on the business of the environment. He is also the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, enviro-politics and eco-economics.