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Best Practices for Cleaning & Disinfecting in Covid-19

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Ensuring a clean and safe learning environment has never been more important. Join Green Building Alliance & Women for A Healthy Environment staff to discuss healthy and high-performance cleaning strategies to prevent disease transmission.

Join GBA & WHE as we discuss the importance of cleaning & disinfecting strategies that prioritize student health and well-being during COVID-19. This webinar will cover the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, healthier disinfectant selection, and the best ways to develop a sustainable healthy and high-performing cleaning program.

This is a free event that will be held through Zoom. A link to the event will be sent upon registration.

This work is a collaboration between Green Building Alliance’s Green and Healthy Schools Academy and Women for a Healthy Environment’s Healthy Schools PA program. For more information on these programs, contact GBA’s Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley, or WHE’s Healthy Schools Coordinator, Kara Rubio.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience of facility personnel.  

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in their field that are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps upon the end of the workshop to apply in their own school settings.  

 

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Climate Change Education for All!

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Climate Change Education for All!

 

The science is in–the climate is changing and as educators, we need to prepare our students to be future leaders. However, many of us find it difficult to teach about climate change. The reasons are varied: the politicized nature of the topic, feeling unqualified in the content area, lack of resources or time. The truth is that informing our students about climate change is more than teaching them the science—it’s teaching them the range of solutions!  

GBA’s Teacher Cohorts are designed so every teacher of any subject area can take on the challenge of climate educationCome learn from a panel of this year’s participants about their journey designing for climate in their lessons and how to join our Pittsburgh and West Virginia cohorts next year!  The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.

 

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This event encompasses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action and Goal 4: Quality Education.

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Mold, Radon, and Lead in Schools Webinar

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This event was rescheduled from March 10th, 2020 and is now available online.

Join Women for a Healthy Environment and Green Building Alliance for technical guidance on addressing mold, lead and radon in your school building.  Participants will learn best practices around preventing moisture & mold issues in their buildings and will learn how to investigate, evaluate, and remediate moisture & mold problems in their building.  Participants will receive technical guidance on the environmental hazards of lead and radon, understand the steps and nuances of testing and remediation and learn more about the resources available to assist in the process.  

This workshop is presented in collaboration with the 1000 Hours a Year Project, which is committed to helping improve the environments where children learn to keep kids safe, healthy and learning. The 1000 Hours a Year Project was made possible through generous funding from The Heinz Endowments and talented staff from Women for a Healthy Environment¹s Healthy Schools PA and Green Building Alliance’s Green and Healthy Schools Academy. 

This workshop is offered via Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom link. For more information on the Healthy Schools Workshop series and other GHSA programming, contact Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience of facility personnel.  

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in their field that are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps upon the end of the workshop to apply in their own school settings.  

 

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Green Building Alliance has had a busy summer. Not only did we welcome Jenna Crammer as our new executive director, but we also hired three new employees, Brian Brown, Paige Colao, and Sarah Owen. Get to know them a little and make sure to say hello at the next GBA event! Brian Brown, Learning Coordinator […]

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On Falling in Love with Trying: Or Lessons I Learned from Majora Carter, David Orr, and Antwi Akom

Over the last three years, Environmental Charter School (ECS) has had the exceptional opportunity to be part of the Green & Healthy Schools Academy’s School Sustainability Culture Program. According to the GHSA site, this program is a two-year, hands-on, immersive learning community that assists schools with integrating sustainability into their buildings, curriculum, and culture through inspirational, […]

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On Emotion: The Green & Healthy Schools Academy

In November, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols (“J”) traveled to Pittsburgh from California’s slow coast to present at GBA’s monthly Inspire Speakers Series. The following day, he joined participants of our School Sustainability Culture Program (a program of the Green & Healthy Schools Academy) to discuss how K-12 educators, administrators, and facility managers could use his research to […]

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December Inspire Speakers Series Cancellation

We regret to announce that, due to a last-minute scheduling conflict for speaker Jeremy Rifkin, we must cancel our December Inspire Speakers Series lecture.  Read on for more details. At Green Building Alliance, we have been looking forward to welcoming Jeremy Rifkin to Pittsburgh for our Inspire Speakers Series on December 11.  He had been scheduled to present […]

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What I Learned at the Inspire Speakers Series

How many of us have experienced peacefulness and relaxation, or maybe even a spiritual connection when we are near water? I am a scientist by training, but my passion is water…  I’m inspired by its beauty, stimulated by its playfulness and energy, and calmed and soothed by its healing forces.  So I was captivated by […]

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School Energy Conservation Basics

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Schools can reduce 10% or more of their energy consumption through implementing no-cost interventions and changing occupant behavior. Come find out how you can make the best use of your school’s resources.

 

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EXPERIENCE

Your school doesn’t need to spend its valuable capital on outdated lights, poorly tuned equipment, misconfigured controls and other inefficiencies that often go unnoticed. Help your school get started with energy conservation by attending this Green & Healthy Schools Academy workshop, which will focus on low-cost and no-cost opportunities for energy savings and the benefits and how-tos of tracking energy consumption with EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

 

SPEAKER

Barton Kirk, Ecological Engineer

Barton is an ecological engineer whose core expertise lies at the nexus of energy, water, climate, and community. For the past decade he has helped communities develop durable decisions about their built and natural infrastructure utilizing research, analysis, and design. Through applied ecological economics and life-cycle systems analysis, Barton’s work offers holistic insight into the long-term economic and environmental costs and benefits of site-level infrastructure, institutional operations, and regional community patterns. He currently leads Kirk Consulting, a Pittsburgh-based resilient design strategies firm and continues as a senior engineer / analyst for SEEDS, a Michigan-based non-profit dedicated to ecology, education, and design. Barton is also an instructor at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School (Warren, VT) and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck, NY).

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1.  Learn key strategies for reducing energy consumption and demand through low-cost and no-cost interventions.

2.  Understand the importance of using utility bills to benchmark energy performance relative to other schools.

3.  Get an overview of EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and its purpose and basic functionality.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Grant funding has been awarded for school personnel.  All school faculty and staff please reach out to Andrew Ellsworth, Director of Green and Healthy Schools Academy, at andrewe@gbapgh.org.

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GBCI CMP  This event is approved for 1.5 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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