One: Reduced Environmental Impact
focuses on reducing environmental impact.
conservation and efficiency;
water quality, efficiency and conservation;
waste production, improved recycling and composting programs; and
of alternative transportation to, during and from school.
Energy Conservation and Efficiency
renovating or building a new school? The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) PlanCon staff can provide information on the
reimbursement incentives offered for Renovate vs. Replace and LEED Certification. More information regarding School
Construction and Facilities at PDE is located on the PDE website.
to Save Energy (ASE) promotes
energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner
environment, and greater energy security. Their Green Schools web
page engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools,
using hands-on, real-world projects.
Center for Green Schools - The Center
for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all schools
into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play. They believe
that everyone, from the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D.
student performing research in a lab, should have the ability to learn in green
Database of State Incentives for
Renewable Energy - A
comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected
federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
Green Building Council - Formed in 2001, The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is a chapter of
the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation's foremost coalition of leaders
from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are
environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
DesignLights Consortium - The DesignLights
Consortium promotes quality, performance and energy efficient commercial sector
lighting solutions through collaboration among its federal, regional, state,
utility, and energy efficiency program members, luminaire manufacturers,
lighting designers, and other industry stakeholders throughout the US and
Energy Savers – Ways to save energy
Energy Star -
provides a proven strategy for energy management developed by the US EPA
(Environmental Protection Agency). Website offers guidelines for school
districts to help them take control of energy costs, demonstrate sound fiscal
management, and help protect the environment.
The website also features ENERGY START Portfolio Manager, a free online
tool to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse
Alliance of Pittsburgh - Green Building Alliance (GBA) is the regional chapter of the U.S. Green
Building Council, serving three branches: Greater Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands,
and Northwest Pennsylvania.
National Institute of Building Sciences – The Institute's mission to serve
the public interest is accomplished by supporting advances in building sciences
and technologies for the purpose of improving the performance of our nation's
buildings while reducing waste and conserving energy and resources.
New Buildings Institute - Founded in 1997, New Buildings
Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy
performance of commercial buildings.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships - NEEP was founded in 1996 as a
non-profit whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate
energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program
strategies and education. Our vision is that the region will fully embrace
energy efficiency as a cornerstone of sustainable energy policy to help achieve
a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system.
Save Our Land, Save Our Towns has joined with EPA, the National
Historic Trust, PDE, and PSBA in looking at cost saving alternatives to new
Building Council - USGBC
is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student
and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way
that has never been seen before. They
are a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and
nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens that share the same
vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation.
They consist of 76 chapters, 12,870 member organizations and 197,000 LEED
Central PA Chapter - The USGBC Central
Pennsylvania Chapter was originally founded as the Green Building Association
of Central Pennsylvania which was formed in 1997 by design and construction
professionals who recognized the need to educate themselves and their
colleagues about sustainability. They are a member organization with a
broad-based constituency including architects, engineers, builders,
contractors, developers, financiers, facility managers, government officials,
interior designers, landscape architects, specifiers, realtors, urban planners,
consultants, educators, and environmentalists.
Case Studies from the US Department of
Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center – Alternative Fuels Data Center.
National Biodiesel Board - The National Biodiesel Board is the
national trade association representing America's first Advanced Biofuel. The
group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education,
communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs.
National Center for Safe Routes to
School - Improving children's safety while walking and bicycling is a
central mission of Safe Routes to School.
Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School - Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School
Resource Center, serves as a central clearinghouse of information that a
community needs to develop, implement, and maintain safe, healthy walking and
bicycling routes to schools.
US Department of Energy Alternative
Fuels Data Center – List of incentives, laws, and regulations related to
alternative fuels and advanced vehicles for Pennsylvania.
The Groundwater Foundation - We educate people and inspire action to ensure
sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.
Stormwater PA - is a go-to resource for the most
current information and effective, proven techniques in stormwater management.
WaterSense – WaterSense, a partnership program
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our
nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with
water-efficient products, new homes, and services.
EAPEAT, a program of the Green Electronics Council - EPEAT is an easy-to-use resource
for identifying high-performance, environmentally preferable products. Join
of businesses, schools, hotels, hospitals and governments around
the world that trust EPEAT to help them make informed purchasing decisions. By
using EPEAT to purchase greener electronics, you can show progress toward your
sustainability goals and build your environmental reputation.
Green Seal - is a nonprofit organization that
uses science based programs to empower consumers, purchasers, and companies to
create a more sustainable world.
PDEP Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) – A
primary objective of the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) is to raise
awareness of the potential dangers posed by mishandled chemicals in schools.
The program aims to prevent future problems with mishandled chemicals by
encouraging responsible chemical management practices. The ultimate goal of the
campaign is to prevent damage to human health and the environment such as that
caused by school chemical incidents. Since 2011 the SC3 has facilitated the
disposal of over 30,000 pounds of out of date, excess, and high risk chemicals
from schools throughout Pennsylvania.