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1 From Pre-K to Higher Ed: Healthy, Green Schools in the Delaware Valley Moderator: Lori Braunstein Director of Green Schools Delaware Valley Green Building Council

2 Our Format: Brief overview of Green Schools Summary of each school s sustainability initiatives Moderated discussion Q & A Continue the Conversation in the Expo Hall after the session

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7 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Insert Picture Here 2012: First Green Ribbon Schools Awarded The award highlights the innovative best practices of a handful of schools that are: Reducing environmental impacts and costs Improving health and wellness Providing effective environmental and sustainability education

8 Our Panelists: Judy Asselin, Sustainability Coordinator Westtown School Molly Devinney, Gardens Program Coordinator South Philadelphia High School, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association Kathleen Grady, Director of Sustainability Temple University

9 Tri-State Symposium Judy Nicholson Asselin Sustainability Coordinator March 7, 2014

10 Westtown School Pre K -12 Co-ed Quaker Day and Boarding School Founded in 1799 Westtown Township Chester County 605 Students 255 Boarders

11 Sustainability Mission Statement. Ultimately, our goal is to create an environmentally literate and responsible community of students, faculty, staff, and families whose daily actions reflect care for the earth and its biodiversity.

12 Geothermal heating in two renovated dorms and Admissions Office

13 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & CONSERVATION 44 kw solar system generates 66,000 kwh/yr

14 GHG Emissions Electricity and Heating Fuel Baseline electricity: 5,389,300 pounds CO 2 (2007) #6 fuel oil: 4,920,627 pounds CO 2 (3-yr avg ) TOTAL 10,309,927 pounds CO 2

15 18% reduction in electricity use Since 2007

16 YEAR electricity: 4,556,174 pounds CO 2 (15% cut) natural gas: 3,127,446 pounds CO 2 (36% cut) TOTAL: 7,703,620 pounds CO 2 25% overall reduction

17 New Facilities Building: LEED Commercial Interiors

18 New Science Center: LEED Gold 18

19 HEALTH and SAFETY

20 Gardening Program Students start seeds in the topof-campus greenhouse

21 Students transplant tomatoes into the high tunnel, which they helped erect

22 90 local farmers supply school food through Common Market

23 Sustainable Dining $34,000 local/organic food 6.7% of food budget $83,000 local/organic food 18% of food budget Goal by %

24 7 th graders builds a compost bin 30 tons food waste composted yearly keeps 60,000 pounds of CO 2 e out of the atmosphere.

25 Waste Reduction: Composting & Recycling 2010 : 20% diversion rate 2013: 55% savings: $30,000/yr

26 CURRICULUM & PROGRAM Education for Sustainability is taught K-12 in many academic disciplines

27 Strong outdoor education program

28 Middle School students remove invasive cork trees in campus woods

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30 Robotics Teams

31 Electricity: 100% wind Carbon Reduction since 2007: 65%

32 Judy Nicholson Asselin Sustainability Coordinator

33 South Philadelphia High School From the Rooftop to the Parking Lot

34 South Philadelphia High School

35 What s Needed: -Stormwater Management -Public Green Space -Affordable Fresh Food -Outdoor, Hands-On Education Greenworks Philadelphia 2012

36 The SPHS Greening Master Plan ROOF: Raised vegetable beds Row farm Extensive green roofs Perennial beds Greenhouse Beehives Solar panels Outdoor classroom GROUND-LEVEL: Rain gardens Tree trenches Vegetable gardens Porous pavement Perennial beds Dog park Benches Outdoor classroom

37 Community Partnership Spearheaded by LoMo Civic Association and SPHS Partners since 2009 for tree planting, litter removal, and gardening LoMo funds Gardens Programs Coordinator, who partners with teachers to create curriculum First Phase: crowd-funding 200+ sponsors helped raise $28,000+ to create master plan Greening Master Plan designed by Roofmeadow 100+ students, teachers, and neighbors engaged in design process

38 Top Right: Engineering students visit Greenbuild Expo Project-Based Learning Facilitated by: LoMo Civic Association Delaware Valley Green Building Council Academies, Inc Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Roofmeadow Philadelphia Water Department Left: ESOL biology students plant native species garden on campus Right: ESOL biology students visit Morris Arboretum to research native species

39 SPHS Greening Master Plan Academic departments involved: Engineering: Stormwater management education, stormwater performance calculations Biology/ESOL Biology: Assist Roofmeadow s site assessment and campus survey, research and design native species garden and wildlife habitat, stormwater management education Culinary Arts: Maintain current vegetable gardens, assist fundraising efforts, run farm stand Special Education: Maintain current vegetable gardens, assist school outreach to engage students and teachers in design process, run farm stand, website design, film production Math: Assist Roofmeadow s site assessment and campus survey

40 Curriculum LoMo Garden Program Coordinator partners with interested teachers to develop garden-relevant curriculum Together, teacher & coordinator team-teach: One-time lessons (math, English) Semester/year-long project (biology, ESOL) Curriculum immersion (culinary, special education) Student-led lessons (ESOL, youth programming, culinary)

41 Project-Based Learning Stormwater Management with Site Assessment with Philadelphia Water Department Roofmeadow Focus: Hands-on learning

42 Project-Based Learning Best Management Practices with Roofmeadow Stormwater Performance Calculations with Roofmeadow Focus: Exposure & access to careers in sustainability

43 SPHS Gardens Est students engage in hands-on learning that complements their curriculum

44 SPHS Gardens 45 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs Yielding over 265 lbs of fresh produce 100+ lbs donated to students and community

45 SPHS Gardens Departments involved: culinary arts, biology, English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL), special education, math

46 SPHS Gardens Outreach: culinary students prepare healthy, garden-themed dishes free for entire student body

47 SPHS Gardens Students run a low-cost farm stand after school and a neighborhood farm stand in the summer

48 Funding Community support: LoMo has raised $20,000+ for coordinator position since 2012 $6,000+ for SPHS Gardens and $10,000+ for Greening Master Plan Funds raised through grants, events and online crowd-funding campaign Greening Master Plan Total budget: $886,000 Strategy: phasing & feature-specific grants (i.e. Stormwater management) Strategy: call upon focus groups (i.e. SPHS Alumni for amenities)

49 Thank you! Learn more about our Greening Master Plan here: Projexity.com Student-created SPHS Gardens website (Autistic support): Sphsgardens.com Video (Autistic support):youtube SPHS Gardens Follow our program and Greening Master Plan on Facebook: SPHS Gardens QUESTIONS:

50 Sustainability at Temple March 7, 2014

51 Temple s Approach

52 Mission Office of Sustainability s threeprong mission: Create a sustainable campus environment and culture Advance sustainable academic initiatives and research Improve outreach and engagement on sustainability issues

53 Climate Action Plan Signed ACUPCC and set carbon neutrality date at Tactics to be used: Energy Conservation Energy Efficient Technology Alternative Energy Offsets (purchasing RECs) Recycling and Waste Minimization Transportation Initiatives Energy Conservation through Behavior Change

54 Source of Emissions

55 Facilities

56 Green Buildings

57 Renewable Energy

58 Stormwater Management

59 Waste Reduction & Recycling

60 Transportation

61 Academics

62 Research

63 Academic Programs

64 Service Based Learning

65 Living & Learning Community

66 Outreach

67 Peer Education

68 Events and Programming

69 Contact Kathleen Grady Director of Sustainability

70 Moderated Discussion

71 Q & A

72 Contact Lori Braunstein Delaware Valley Green Building Council Judy Nicholson Asselin Sustainability Coordinator

73 Contact Molly Devinney South Philadelphia HS/LoMo Civic Association Kathleen Grady Director of Sustainability

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