Greening Schools in the Golden State: Summit to Focus on Building Learning Environments for a Green Future

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Schools throughout California, and around the nation, are building green, operating sustainably and developing a culture of environmental awareness. The groundswell of interest from parents, educators, builders, government officials, and students themselves, will be captured at the nation's largest green schools event, the Green California Schools Summit and Expo taking place December 8-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

California's school facilities are undergoing a once-in-a-generation program of building and renovation. Whether these schools are aiming for certification as green buildings, or applying guidelines for energy efficiency and environmentally preferable purchasing, they share the goal of creating healthy, sustainable learning environments.

The Green California Schools Summit, coming to the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, from December 8-10, will provide a forum for the policies, technologies and practices that are informing the green schools movement in California - a movement that is a driving force behind the growth of similar programs throughout the country.

The event was created with guidance from an advisory board composed of public and private sector leaders, and chaired by Rosario Marin, Secretary of State and Consumer Services - whose agency oversees all public school funding and construction - and State Architect David Thorman.

"We are all fortunate to be working at a time when leaders at every level - from Governor Schwarzenegger to our mayors, city councils, school boards and administrators - share the goal of greening our public facilities," said Secretary Marin. "This united front gives us a chance to set the pace for a transformation of schools throughout the nation."

The Summit features keynotes by two internationally respected authors and sustainability consultants - Hunter Lovins, a Time magazine "Hero of the Planet," and co-author of the influential book Natural Capitalism and Terry Tamminen, author of Lives per Gallon and environmental advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The education program offers sessions on essential topics, ranging from integrated design and power purchase agreements to school gardens, green curriculum, and the road to "grid neutral" schools that meet their energy needs through onsite generation. The 2008 Summit also marks the debut of a new educational feature - a special series of sessions organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, offering a national perspective on best practices for green schools. This partnership will continue, and expand, in future Summits.

The Exposition, on December 9 and 10, will feature over 200 companies offering green products and services, from wind turbines and recycled carpet to sustainable design and recycled paper. The center of the exhibit hall will feature a special feature from the Los Angeles Unified School District Garden Program, a pathway that will lead attendees through four separate teaching gardens with plants from the districts

On Monday, December 8, the Summit will offer a Teacher Training Institute, opening with a keynote from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. This hands-on institute is especially designed for educators interested in increasing the integration of green concepts into classroom curriculum and school culture and those engaged in Career Technical Education. Click here for program details and more information! Professional development credit available.

Keynotes and exhibition are free to registered attendees. For more information go to or call 626-577-5700.


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