2011 Sustainable Schools Conference

January 26-27, 2011

Salem - Salem Convention Center and The Grand Hotel  -  200 Commercial St SE, Salem OR 97301  -  877-540-7800    [Map]

Sustainable Schools

School facilities are a fundamental building block for education. Studies reveal that students in schools identified as “excellent” in quality and design score more than a 10% higher in student achievement tests compared to students in schools deemed “poor.” A good school environment makes a positive difference in student success, graduation rates and attendance.

Building for Student Success explores practices in building design, budgeting and managing resources to help districts provide schools in which all students can succeed. Learn about long-term planning, bond elections and other financing options, and strategies for building strong community support. OSBA has assembled a team of experts to help you fund and deliver high-performance and high-efficiency learning environments.

Start with a vision for the future

Plan for the long term: Identify your district’s long-term facilities needs to keep pace with student enrollment, instructional needs, the useful life of infrastructure, maintenance concerns and other community priorities.

Look for multiple funding sources

Finance your facilities plan: Through successful bond campaigns, tax credits and incentives, federal funds, grants and other alternatives, develop a variety of sources to finance your facilities plan.

Develop a comprehensive plan

Sustain your investment: Through community involvement, green design and other means, sustain the investment your community has made in its school facilities. Integrating a culture of sustainability into the curriculum of every school improves the bottom line and builds a better future.

Industry and education leaders

Meet and hear from exhibitors and key leaders in school architecture, finance, conservation and communication, including:
• D.A. Davidson & Co.
• DLR Group
• Dull Olsen Weekes Architects
• Energy Trust of Oregon
• Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions
• Glumac
• K&L Gates
• Oregon Department of Energy
• Oregon school districts – large and small
• Oregon State University
• Seattle-Northwest Securities
• Skanska
• The Center for Innovative School Facilities of Oregon
• and many more.

Speakers and workshop information will be updated at www.osba.org/sustain.

Need help with costs to attend?

Our Sustainable Schools Scholarship Fund can help. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover registration and one night at the conference hotel. For districts sending a team, up to three scholarships will be awarded. OSBA will divide scholarship funds equally between districts sending a team of people and districts sending one person.

Names will be drawn at random to determine who receives scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, send an e-mail by
Jan. 12 to Megan Haner, mhaner@osba.org, with your name, e-mail and daytime phone number. If you are submitting a team application, include the names of all those in your district who plan to attend the conference.

Register by Mail