Coastal Washington School Preps for Potential Tsunami

Ocosta Elementary School in Westport, Wash. recently announced plans to construct a building capable of withstanding a potential tsunami.

OSU to Build $60 Million Forestry Complex

Oregon State University (OSU) leaders announced an initiative earlier this month to construct a $60 million forestry complex.

Upgrading Campus Power Transformers

In May 2013, a transformer explosion caused a power outage and forced evacuations at the University of La Verne in La Verne, setting several trees ablaze. Though no one was injured, it was a necessary reminder that schools and universities with aging transformers should quickly take steps to save utility costs and prevent power outages.

University of California, Riverside Expands Rec Center

By Jessie Fetterling
University of California, Riverside (UCR) students now have a student recreation center (SRC) of their dreams, with an indoor climbing and bouldering wall, swimming pool and even a spa. Phase I of the $35.95 million SRC expansion project had its grand opening on Oct. 3, while Phase II is scheduled for completion early next year.

Green Summit Honors California’s Sustainability Leaders

Green Technology magazine, alongside partners Gen7 and Panasonic, honored a number of institutions leading the way in sustainability at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena earlier this month. The event celebrated a variety of green and sustainable projects and facilities across the state on both the community college and school level.

La Escuelita Education Center Earns CHPS Verification

By Jessie Fetterling
La Escuelita Education Center, which opened in fall 2012 in Oakland, recently received the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) verification, California’s highest distinction for sustainable schools.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Plans for the Future

Change is on the horizon at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO).

Manteca’s New Environmental Studies Center Earns LEED Gold

The Gen7 Regional Environmental Studies Center (RESC) in the Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) was recently awarded LEED Gold certification for its modular, zero net energy design.

Green Schools Conference to Address Funding, Drought

The two-day Green California Schools Conference kicks off in Pasadena Nov. 5, bringing together teachers, administrators, architects, engineers, facility managers and others to share knowledge about a variety of sustainability issues facing the state’s schools and universities.

CEFPI Program Honors Young School Designers

Six teams of middle school students from across the globe competed in October to design schools that could potentially change the way we think about education. The School of the Future Design Competition, hosted in Portland at the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Annual Conference, challenged student designers to plan and design tomorrow’s 21st century learning environments.