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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Better Places To Learn: High Performance Green Schools
Abstract: Includes web links for information on High Performance Green Schools.
Source: Pennsylvania Governor's Green Government Council
Center for Understanding the Built Environment
Abstract: The Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE) brings together educators with community partners to effect change which will lead to a quality built and natural environment, one and interdependent. This means cities which work for adults and children; buildings and spaces which are healthy and aesthetically pleasing; streetscapes and landscapes which reach to the future while celebrating the past.
Education for Sustainable Development
Abstract: This is an integrated curriculum for elementary, middle and high school that addresses education for sustainable development. This introduces the concept of sustainability.
Source: Virginia's Education for Sustainable Development
GLRPPR Educational Institutions Sector Resource
Abstract: This Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Sector Resource provides a compilation of annotated regional and national resources related to pollution prevention for educational institutions. In addition to general resources, those specific to air quality, alternative energy, athletic facilities, compliance assistance centers, green building/energy efficiency, integrated pest management (IPM), laboratories, lead, mercury, playgrounds, relevant P2Rx Topic hubs, and transportation are also provided. Also provides a list of regional contacts for further information, relevant news items, events, relevant Help Desk questions and answers, and funding opportunities. An RSS feed is available.
Source: Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
Abstract: Links to multiple resources on green chemistry for schools.
Source: Greening Schools - Illinois EPA and WMRC
Green Schools Project: Using Energy Efficiency to Strengthen Schools
Abstract: The Green Schools program helps schools use energy efficiently through building retrofits, changes in operational and maintenance routines, and changes in the behavior of building users. Students, teachers, custodians, administrators, and community partners all work together toward a common goal--saving energy and money. This web site includes information on how to start an energy efficiency program at your school, news, lesson plans, resources, an online forum for teachers, information for students, case studies, and information on sustainable school construction.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Illinois Resource Guide for Healthy High Performing School Buildings
Abstract: This free resource guide is designed to introduce school districts to the latest ideas and strategies aimed at improving the health and efficiency of new and old schools.
For school officials, community leaders and concerned parents interested in building schools with lower-cost, high-efficiency systems.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact [PDF]
Abstract: The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practices that K-12 schools can voluntarily pursue to achieve greater environmental sustainability. Schools as well as districts can check off up to 12 practices to participate, including things on the list the school or district is already doing. Those who wish to participate should print two copies of the compact, have the principal sign the documents after checking off practices the school is now pursuing and aims to pursue, then mail both copies to: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Attn: Jon Zirkle, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200, Chicago, IL 60601-3220. Lt. Governor Quinn will sign both copies, keep one on file, then mail one copy back to the school.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact: Participating Schools
Abstract: A list of schools in Illinois that have signed the Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact. Short descriptions are available for the first schools that signed the Compact.
Source: Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois
Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center (MBTAC)
Abstract: This web site is a project of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center with support from the National Association of State Energy Offices and the U.S. Department of Energy. MBTAC provides the Midwest States and their commercial building partners with the information, education, and technical assistance necessary to continue and expand, in a coordinated manner, the deployment of DOE Building Technology Program energy efficient technologies and practices. The "Market Sectors" section is similar to the GLRPPR Sector Resources. For each sector, an online library of resources (case studies, fact sheets, reports, articles, presentations, software tools, etc.), a listing of relevant events, and a list of relevant partnership efforts are provided. The "E-Line" is an online form for the submission of requests for technical assistance, information or other MBTAC offerings. A note on the site indicates that as questions are submitted to the E-line, the questions and answers will be cataloged and categorized for browsing as part of the sector-based libraries (similar to the way archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers are integrated into our Sector Resources). Sectors covered on the MBTAC site include: colleges & universities; K-12 schools; government buildings; commercial office buildings; health care; retail stores; hotels and motels; and multifamily residential buildings.
Source: Energy Center of Wisconsin & Univ. of Illinois--Chicago
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Abstract: This site offers an introduciton to vehicle fuels, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen and fuel cells, solar and wind. It provides a single location for basic informaion on renewable energy for consumers, businesses (schools) and students
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Product Life-Cycle Analysis : Environmental Activities for the Classroom [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Laurie Case, this Illinois Waste Management and Research Center classroom activity guide is designed for grades 7-12, and describes what a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is and its three basic components. Also included is an activity in which students perform a LCA for a tennis shoe. (PDF format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Illinois Waste Management and Research Center
Safe Shops Tool Kit
Abstract: The Boston Public Health Commission's Safe Shops Tool Kit was developed to describe how the Safe Shops Project was created and to provide other communities which are also working toward goals of environmental health and pollution prevention in auto shops the tools and resources necessary to start or compliment initiatives of their own. Tool Kit sections include: Safe Shops Case Study; Develop & Sustain Partnerships; Identifying Shops; Creating an Educational Program; Addressing Health Disparities; Auto Shop Links & Resources; Apply for Funding Resources; and Providing Incentives. The Tool Kit can be downloaded in its entirety in a zip file at the address listed above. You can also view the sections online and download documents associated with each section separately. Please note that other auto shop educational material and information about the Safe Shops Project can be found at http://www.bphc.org/safeshops.
Source: Boston Public Health Commission
Society of Building Science Educators
Abstract: The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies. SBSE's goal of promoting and supporting quality instruction in building science is realized through a broad range of practical activities.
Teach English, Teach about the Environment [PDF]
Abstract: This curriculum will help you teach English to adult students while introducing basic concepts about the environment and individual environmental responsibility. These concepts can help the newly-arrived be part of cleaner and healthier communities by understanding and practicing the "3Rs" of solid waste management -- reduce, reuse, recycle.
Source: U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste
WMRC Reference Guide: Environmental Education Resources for Teachers
Abstract: This guide focuses on resources for teaching K-12 students about the environmental effects of pollution and waste and strategies for improving the environment. It also includes some industrial chemistry resources. This guide includes links to classroom activities, background and policy information, standards, and reference sources that teachers can use to develop their own environmental education lesson plans. Because the scope of the topic is so broad, this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Rather, it is designed to give you some places to start looking for resources. Information to help you continue your research at your local library is included at the end of the guide. Compiled by WMRC Librarian, Laura Barnes.
Source: Illinois Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC)
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Hub Last Updated: 8/2/2012