Monday, December 14, 2009

What is our Footprint? What should we do about it?

Footprint Unit:
Friday --continuation of data collection by individual and partner groups.

Speaker: Art Gressel: Carbon Trading member of the Chicago Climate Exchange
Lecture on "What is cap-and-trade"?

Monday -- compilation of research and survey data due today.

Speakers on Monday: Dr. Dohrer, principal New Trier High School & part of facilities steering committee at New Trier
goal: radically change the physical plant at New Trier

Jerry Johnson & Christopher Hale - Perkins & Will architects Schematic Presentation of proposed renovations which will happen if referendum is passed on February 2nd.

Read New Trier Facilities Initiative to get facts and outcomes:

* High quality, state-of-the-art facilities will more effectively support our first-class academic and extracurricular programs.
* Classrooms for Science, Math, English, Social Studies and Modern/Classical Languages will be modernized and increased in number.
* Academic and teaching environments will be improved significantly with appropriate technology and modern equipment.
* Planned construction will result in more efficient, cost-effective buildings instead of investing millions of dollars in renovations and upkeep.
* Replacement of buildings from 1912, 1925, 1928, 1931 and 1950 will result in safer, more efficient buildings.
* New construction will meet standards for designation as a “green building,” with a cost-efficient and sustainable design.
* Accessibility issues will be resolved.
* Technology integration and implementation of contemporary heating, cooling, and fire suppression systems will be easier to accomplish.
* Modernized facilities will more easily respond and adapt to changes in curriculum, instruction and technology for the next century of our existence.

See also FAQs related to the new facility plans.

LEED Certified building planned:
getting rid of old steam boiler system; new high efficiency modern boiler. Energy efficiency is the goal. Looking at solar energy with photovoltaic. Green roofs proposed. Not sure about level of certification.
Green certified; also LEED Silver; LEED Gold; LEED Platinum --these options explained.
Looking at grants for school construction.

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