Do something to stop climate change!

posted Oct 11, 2010, 2:05 PM by Christopher Kennedy   [ updated Oct 11, 2010, 2:10 PM ]

Check out this great video about Climate Change from the Alliance for Climate Change Education!

Get Ready for the Cold!

posted Oct 11, 2010, 1:59 PM by Christopher Kennedy

You may qualify for the Community Environmental Center's Free Weatherization Program or other subsidized services!

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is an energy efficiency and conservation program administered by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

Funding is provided by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, The Department of Energy, and The Department of Health and Human Services.

EmPower is a program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that provides free, energy-efficient appliances and lighting fixtures to income-eligible families and individuals.

You are eligible for FREE weatherization if someone in your household receives:

  • Food stamps
  • Public Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Home Energy Assistance (HEAP)
  • Has an income lower than 60 percent of the New York State median: Under $30,804 for a 2-person household; under $45,312 for a 4-person household

Since 1994, CEC has grown into the largest not-for-profit energy-conservation organization in New York State and holds the state’s largest contract for weatherization assistance services.

Through weatherization CEC has helped over 300,000 people save more than $270 million in utility costs and prevented the emission of over 750,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Today CEC is a leader in the burgeoning energy-efficiency field. The company is a major provider of consulting and technical services for green buildings. CEC has expanded its programs to include green jobs training for the new green economy, the salvaging and reuse of building materials, and educating young people about their role in the future of the planet.

The Story of Stuff

posted Oct 1, 2010, 5:19 AM by Christopher Kennedy   [ updated Oct 1, 2010, 5:23 AM ]

The Story of Stuff Project was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend the film’s impact. We amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Our on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and we partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content.

Technical Guides

posted Sep 30, 2010, 5:53 PM by Christopher Kennedy

The NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System, 2007. Download

The ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings. Download

US Green Building Council (LEED) - Green Existing Schools Project Management Guide (PDF) and a Green Existing Schools Implementation Workbook Download

Collaborative for High Performance School Best Practices and Guidelines Download


posted Sep 30, 2010, 5:52 PM by Christopher Kennedy

Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn 
The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning (Architecture) by Inc. OWP/P Cannon Design, VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design 
Going to Green: A Standards-Based Environmental Education Curriculum for Schools, Colleges, and Communities by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell

Papers and References

posted Sep 30, 2010, 5:42 PM by Christopher Kennedy

Filardo, Mary. (2008) Good Buildings, Better Schools. Economic Policy Institute. 
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (2008). Building Minds, Minding Buildings. 
Kats, Gregory. (2006) Greening America’s Schools: Costs and Benefits, Capital-E. 
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance. (2002) Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence. 
Barrett, Peter and Zhang, Yufan. (2009) Optimal Learning Spaces: Design Implications for Primary Schools.

Online Resources

posted Sep 30, 2010, 5:38 PM by Christopher Kennedy

Green Design Lab video 2008

posted Sep 29, 2010, 9:20 AM by Christopher Kennedy

posted Sep 10, 2010, 12:55 PM by Christopher Kennedy   [ updated Nov 14, 2011, 1:17 PM by Alex Smith ]

Generation G

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