Roots for a New Generation: How Manitoba schools are reaping the benefits of LEED, Manitoba Chapter
GBCI: 0910000212Learn about Manitoba's green schools and the importance of a sustainable built environment in Manitoba from a school Principal, a former Superintendent, and one of Manitoba's leading Architects. Learn about the decisions that are being made for a healthier and sustainable learning environment for our children. Manitoba is emerging as a leader of green schools in Canada, meaning that our children will grow up experiencing their school as a sustainable built environment and will not know of any other way.
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Join the Manitoba Chapter at its AGM to learn about Manitoba's green schools and the importance of a sustainable built environment in Manitoba from a school Principal, a former Superintendent, and one of Manitoba's leading Architects. Learn about the decisions that are being made for a healthier and sustainable learning environment for our children. Manitoba is emerging as a leader of green schools in Canada, meaning that our children will grow up experiencing their school as a sustainable built environment and will not know of any other way.
A panel discussion will be followed by Q&A. Speakers include:
Dudley Thompson, Principal Architect, Prairie Architects: Dudley is the principal architect in Prairie Architects Inc. and has practiced as an architect in Manitoba since 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Manitoba and a graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. He founded Prairie Architects Inc. in 1981 and the firm has offices in a heritage building in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Prairie currently has a staff of 22 – including five registered architect partners, 5 registered architects, interior designers and architectural interns.
Dudley has nurtured Prairie as an architectural firm that is committed at its roots to sustainability, stakeholder participation in design and building community. Prairie demonstrates this commitment to Sustainable Buildings with an integrated staff of building scientists and 70% of staff members that are LEED accredited. Prairie currently has 15 LEED Certified buildings including Manitoba’s first LEED GOLD Building, Mountain Equipment Co-op, a LEED Platinum project in Manitoba Hydro Place and more than two dozen projects awaiting certification or in design including target LEED GOLD accreditations for Paterson GlobalFoods Institute and Northlands Parkway High School. In his 35 years of practice, Dudley has guided Prairie Architects Inc. in the regeneration of dozens of historic buildings, the renewal of many urban sites as well as a wide variety of residential, educational and First Nations projects. Mr. Thompson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Manitoba Hydro and is a member of the Industry Advisory Group for the Manitoba Green Building Council. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and two sons.
Ken Klassen, Executive Director, Manitoba Association for School Superintendents: In a 30 year career in public education, Ken served as a teacher, principal of a rural high school, Assistant Superintendent and most recently Superintendent of Schools, all in the Hanover School Division. Ken’s time in senior administration corresponded with a dramatic increase in population in the Southeast due to immigration and rising birth rates. The result was the need to expand and renovate existing schools and ultimately to build two new schools in Steinbach. This growth and the need for new school buildings provided an amazing opportunity to re-imagine learning environments in light of a new appreciation for inclusion, diversity, flexibility, livability and sustainability. After retiring from Hanover in 2013, Ken has taken on the role of Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, where he is able to continue his passion for engaging and regenerative education for all of our children in the public school system.
Ed Neufeld, Principal of Clearspring Middle School: Ed is a school principal or vice principal in 6 different schools with students in all grade levels. Clearspring Middle School opened in September, 2012, and is seeking to be a leader in developing school practices that align with the principles of sustainability. Ed is married to Jacquie, and they have three children who are exploring learning in three different countries. Ed’s main focus as a school leader has been on building a strong learning culture by helping people identify and celebrate their strengths.
Dudley, Ken and Ed will be joined by Deputy Minister Gerald Farthing, Department of Education (Manitoba Government), and Deputy Mayor Brian Mayes, City of Winnipeg.
- Discuss Manitoba’s green building policy
- Recognize innovative examples that can contribute to LEED certification
- Describe how student learning benefits from LEED schools and sustainability