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Spectrum Charter School: A Local Success Story of a Culture of Sustainability

At first sight, Spectrum Charter School seemed like many other schools, albeit smaller. As we followed Spectrum’s Principal Jenni Carpenter into our first class visit of the day, we realized that Spectrum Charter School approaches education differently, and calling Spectrum ordinary or traditional would be a serious mistake.  If you have ever spent much time […]

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Green Schools Conference & Expo – Get Involved!

  Volunteer and attend the conference for free!  The conference is looking for 15 to 20 volunteers to assist the conference with wayfinding and education session monitoring. This is a great opportunity to help out, and also be able to attend the conference free of charge! Volunteers are required to volunteer for one shift of […]

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy Celebrates 2014 Accomplishments

The Green & Healthy Schools Academy (GHSA) helps schools become engaging, inspiring, and thriving places where students and staff can reach their full potential. Its work is critical to pursuing GBA’s vision that “everyone from every socioeconomic background is able to live, work, learn, and play in healthy and high-performing places.” In 2014, GHSA added workshops […]

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Green Building Trifecta: GBA Nominees Win 2015 Energy Leadership Awards

Dr. Brian White, Christine Mondor, and Anna Siefken provided a strong GBA presence as winners at the 2015 Energy Leadership Awards. Several months ago, GBA nominated Christine, Anna, and Brian for the Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Awards. On May 14th, the chosen award recipients attended the ceremony with a diverse pool of winners as champions of sustainable and pragmatic […]

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Green & High-Performing Cleaning for Schools

green-healthy-schools-academy-logo_squareA comprehensive, high-performing green cleaning program can improve student and staff health and attendance, improve the overall cleanliness of your school, AND reduce custodial costs.

 

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EXPERIENCE

A true high-performing cleaning program protects the health of students and staff and reduces operating costs. Come and learn about the technology and science that have changed the face of cleaning and how you can get the most from your cleaning budget. Green cleaning is much more than just avoiding certain chemicals; it also includes new technology and equipment, structured processes and training, and an emphasis on prevention.

 

SPEAKERS

Andrew Ellsworth, Director, Green & Healthy Schools Academy

Paul Bertenthal, D.H. Bertenthal & Sons, Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies Vendor

Chris Reiser, South Butler County School District, Director of Buildings & Grounds

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Recognize the importance of green cleaning to student and staff health.

2. Understand the primary components of a green and high-performing cleaning program.

3. Learn recommended steps for starting or improving a green and high-performance cleaning program.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have grant funding available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school personnel that would like to attend. If you work for a school or district, please contact Andrew Ellsworth (andrewe@gbapgh.org) to arrange for discounted registration.

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GBCI CMP This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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Healthy Landscapes: Natural Turf Management for Lawns and Athletic Fields

The Green & Healthy Schools Academy is partnering with Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to offer this three-hour training with Chip Osborne, a nationally recognized natural turf specialist, is designed for school, municipal, or community managers, turf care professionals, and anyone interested in eliminating synthetic fertilizer and pesticide use on their lawn areas, including athletic fields, park spaces and campus areas.

Register before March 2nd and receive the early-bird price of $40!

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1)  Understand the basic concepts of soil science.

2) Learn the impacts of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides on human health and the environment.

3) Understand the relationship of natural lawn care to integrated pest management (IPM) principles and programs.

4) Explore the logistical and financial considerations of a natural lawn care program.

 

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

 

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have grant funding available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school personnel that would like to attend.  If you work for a school or district, please contact Andrew Ellsworth (andrewe@gbapgh.org) to arrange for discounted registration.


chip-osborneABOUT THE SPEAKER

Charles “Chip” Osborne, Jr., professional horticulturalist for 35 years and founder and president of Osborne Organics, LLC, has more than 10 years of experience creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman, Osborne gained a wealth of first-hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides and fungicides routinely used in the landscape and horticultural industry, and was inspired to find safer alternatives. As a result of his own investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation, he has since become a leading expert on growing sustainable, natural turf.

 

Register before March 2nd and receive the early-bird price of $40!

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Learn more about Phipps Conservatory and their other educational offerings here.

GBCI CMP This event is approved for 3.0 GBCI CEUs and 3.0 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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Food Security Potluck with the Environmental Charter School, Just Harvest, and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council

Join hosts from the Environmental Charter School, Just Harvest, and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council for an evening of conversation and a shared potluck dinner. We will be discussing the work that is happening in the City of Pittsburgh to fight hunger and how we can elevate the work happening in our city through policy and collaboration with the sustainable food movement.

If you are able, please bring something simple to share. Register by March 1st.

Questions? Email Kelsey.Weisgerber@environmentalcharterschool.org.

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This is a lead up event to Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speaker Series, featuring food revolutionaries Will Allen and Stephen Ritz on March 12 from 6-8 at the Kaufman Center. Tickets to the March presentations can be purchased here.

 

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy announces FREE green workshops for schools

Join the Green & Healthy Schools Academy for our upcoming workshops, where we will provide school facility and business managers with guidance and strategies to make schools healthier and higher performing with little to no capital investment. These workshops are open to everyone, but are FREE for school personnel! Top Ten Reasons Why We Need […]

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