A critical element in any effort to promote a low carbon world is the engagement of all users and stakeholders in the mission. Across the world students are demanding action to reduce the threats of climate change. To engage our next generation of environmental stewards, schools are ideally positioned to respond and drive this cultural shift. Participants will be presented the current status of zero energy schools across the U.S. and then dive deep into examples of these projects to highlight the keys to successful projects, and illustrating the synergies between high performance and progressive learning environments. Join our presenters; Sylvia Wallis, Architecture for Education and Mary Ann Larrieu, Energy Conservation Specialist for Oxnard Union High School District as they discuss this path to zero and showcase successes that have realized utility cost savings of over $3.5M. Capital costs, cost savings, and funding sources will be described, as well as the district’s next moves to carry the school district through the next 30-50 years.
1. Participants will explore why low carbon schools should be a critical piece of our investment in reducing carbon emissions and the national status of these schools.
2. Participants will understand the non-energy benefits of these schools and the role they play in nurturing our next generation of environmental stewards
3. Participants will discover how one district has approached the effort of reducing their climate impact and greenhouse gas emissions with a in a step-by-step method supported only by standard funding sources.
4. Participants will learn the strategies, techniques and key concepts to design, construct and operate a successful low carbon school project.