The 2019 Green Schools Summit, hosted by the USGBC communities in the Mountain region, will offer solutions to the risks of the looming climate crisis as it relates to students. The theme of this year’s summit, taking place in Arvada, Colorado, from Nov. 7 to 8, is “High Stakes, All In.”
Education sessions will take a close look at
- How we engage students in a meaningful and impactful way.
- How parents can encourage sustainability education outside of the classroom.
- How LEED buildings contribute to a student’s ability to learn.
A pre-conference resiliency workshop, followed by the opening reception, will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 7. The main Green Schools Summit day on Friday, Nov. 8 will offer two education tracks for attendees: a technical track geared toward green building industry professionals and school facility managers and an action-oriented track for teachers, parents, school sustainability professionals and anyone else interested in implementing sustainability education for students.
Here is a brief overview of the workshops and sessions:
Thursday, Nov. 7 | 12–4:30 p.m. | West Woods Golf Club
- Tim Gallegos of GAF Streetbond will present "Encouraging Play," which explores coating options for transforming playground surfaces, evaluates the application process of water-based “cool pavement” and identifies the benefits of playground transformation using water-based coatings.
- Tracey Steward of CMTA, Mike Wilson of Warren County Public Schools, Kentucky, and Philip Donovan of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting will present "Schools Save Money with Net Zero Performance and Resilient Construction." Schools that produce more energy than they consume, while keeping the students and staff safe from extreme weather events, are achievable using a variety of concrete building systems.
- Adele Wilson, the K–12 Studio leader and principal at Hord Coplan Macht, along with her colleagues, will present "Is Resilience the New Sustainability?" Attendees will come away with an understanding of the new USGBC RELi rating system and some practical ways that resilience concepts can be incorporated into design strategies and goals for school projects.
Main Conference Programming
Friday, Nov. 8 | 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Track 1: Getting Technical
- Phin Stubbs and Anna McCullough of Group14 Engineering will present "LEED v4 for Schools in Rural Colorado." This session will discuss the case studies of two rural Colorado schools pursuing LEED v4 for school certifications. In particular, we will discuss their energy and water performance, HVAC and envelope designs, substituted LEED v4.1 credits and commissioning scope.
- Miles Dake of BranchPattern, along with presenters from Boulder Valley School District and Cannon City School District, will present "Radiant Heating and Cooling: Two Case Studies in Two Districts." This session discusses how radiant heating and cooling systems work to bring in outside air to the classroom and reduce energy consumption.
- Paul Hutton of Cuningham Group Architecture, Ghita Carroll of Boulder Valley School District and others will present "The Emerging Link Between Ventilation Strategies and Academic Achievement in Schools." In this session, attendees will explore ways to design systems that reduce CO2 concentration and save energy in a new era where enhanced cognitive function should be a priority.
Track 2: Going All In
- Kate Klaver and Shannon Oliver of Adams 12 Schools, and Kathy Croasdale of Resource Central, will present "STEM Launch—A Case Study of Empowering Behavior Change Through Student-Centered, STEM-Based Energy Reduction Competition." Implementing an intra-district energy reduction competition where students are "energy detectives" gives ownership to occupants. Using real-time energy data, handheld environmental sampling tools and a problem-based learning model makes energy real for students.
- Renee Azerbegi of Ambient Energy will moderate "Perspectives in Diversion: Three Different Approaches." Panelists will include Laurel Mattrey of St. Vrain Valley School District, Anthony Hodes of Green Up Our Schools and Mary Gilkison of Jeffco Schools Recycle. Each panelist will present on their different approaches to tackling waste diversion, green purchasing and partnerships in school districts.
- Melinda Cain and Hope Mukai of World Affairs Challenge will present "Taking Action on the Global Goals of Sustainability—Youth Leading the Way." The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) seeks to develop awareness, understanding, engagement and a call to action on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while developing middle and high school students’ skills in collaboration and problem-solving.
Join USGBC Colorado and the other regional communities on Nov. 7–8 for the 2019 Green Schools Summit. Early bird ticket pricing ends Sept. 20, so register today and save. Interested in supporting the summit? Learn more.