12 Noon via Zoom
Wednesday September 15th
The Case for Green Schools
Right now in Manitoba, we hear a lot about how our schools will be managed, but little about the buildings our kids will be learning in.
At this Lunch and Learn you’ll hear from Matthew Froese regarding school ventilation, Donna Vakalis about the significant health and learning benefits of green school design, and Lindsay Oster will speak about the design features and performance metrics to focus on to make a school “green”. Principal Lorelei Bunkowsky will also share her experience managing the award-winning green school Amber Trails.
AMBER TRAILS AS A CASE STUDY
In 2017, Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg won the Greenest School in Canada competition hosted by CaGBC. Under the Green Building Policy enacted by the province in 2007, 11 high-performance sustainable schools were constructed in Manitoba. These schools use an average of 50-70% less energy per year compared to conventional designs. A preliminary report suggests that just four of these new-generation green schools save 484 tonnes of carbon per year and significantly reduce operating costs at the same time.
For more background on the state of green schools, read SBM’s op-ed on the topic.
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