2012 Project Green Funding Allocations
$5 Million of Redevelopment Funds Were Awarded to Fifteen Schools
Fourteen SCUSD schools and McClaskey Adult Center were allocated bond funding for green school projects at an event at Rosemont High School Thursday night. SCUSD launched Project Green this year to add a real-world application to classroom instruction about the environment and sustainable living. Campuses across the district were encouraged to form student “green teams” to conduct “green audits” of school facilities.With the help of teachers, parents and staff, the teams then drafted recommendations for green improvements ranging from replacing outdated windows to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures.
Students presented their recommendations to a panel of local experts from the fields of architecture, engineering, energy, land-use planning and water management in April. The panel judged the exhibits, using scoring rubrics. The team from Washington Elementary School scored highest for its presentation and report, which included a rationale for providing the school with automatic hand dryers, chicken coops, rain barrels, a “restorative justice circle,” upgraded irrigation, upgraded air conditioning and upgraded heating. The judging panel voted to allocate up to $550,000 for these projects. In all, the 15 presentations were allocated $5 million in bond funding.
Other allocations to potential projects were as follows:
O.W. Erlewine – up to $500,000 (automatic hand dryers, Energy Star refrigerators, Energy Star water heater, solar tubes, upgraded irrigation, rain barrels, low-flow plumbing fixtures, dual flush toilets and dual pane windows)
Rosemont High School – up to $500,000 (new pool pump, permanent recycling stations, recycling signage, upgraded irrigation, low-flow fixtures and dual flush toilets, solar tubes, synthetic turf)
Theodore Judah – up to $400,000 (rain barrels, solar tubes, xeriscaping, replacement of blacktop with permeable paving)
George Washington Carver – up to $400,000 (rainwater catchment system)
Isador Cohen – up to $400,000 (rain barrels, solar tubes, interior LED lights, faucet aerators)
Luther Burbank – up to $300,000 (new bathroom flooring, low-flow fixtures and dual flush toilets, upgraded exterior lighting)
Alice Birney – up to $300,000 (new bike racks, solar tubes)
Will C. Wood – up to $300,000 (replacement of windows)
John Sloat – up to $200,000 (upgraded irrigation, xeriscaping)
School of Engineering and Science – up to $200,000 (removal and relocation of trees, xeriscaping)
Maple – up to $200,000 (upgraded irrigation)
Sutterville – up to $200,000 (automatic hand dryers, replacement of bathroom flooring, solar tubes, low-flow fixtures and dual flush toilets)
Camellia – up to $200,000 (replacement of windows)
In addition, five schools were allocated an additional $50,000 each for winning the following awards: Most Student-Centered Project (Camellia); Most Creative Presentation (Alice Birney); Most Creative Audit Process (Will C. Wood); and Best Use of Professional Resources (Cohen and Judah).
Congratulations to the winning schools!