2011 Sustainable Schools Conference

January 26-27, 2011

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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


9:30 a.m.

Registration and exhibits open

10:30-11:45 a.m.

General Session

12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:15-2:30 p.m.


  • Understanding/Communicating GO bonds
  • How do I pay for building a sustainable school?

3:00-4:15 p.m.


  • Passing a school construction bond
  • Now that I have a school, how do I maintain it?

4:45-6:00 p.m.

Reception with exhibitors


7:30 a.m.

Registration and exhibits open; continental breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m.

General Session

9:15-10:30 a.m.


  • School facility planning ORS 195.110
  • Building a culture of conservation

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


  • School siting
  • A district-wide comprehensive plan

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch - School facilities taskforce report and networking with exhibitors

1:30-2:45 p.m.


  • Solar power purchase agreements/FIT program
  • High performance facilities

3:15:-4:30 p.m.


  • School facilities and their impact on students and teachers
  • Integration of sustainability concepts into curricula

3:15 p.m.

Exhibits close

Six workshop sessions

To zero in on the skills you need, two workshops will run concurrently in each session. Industry experts and more than a dozen school districts serving as case studies will share real-world experiences. Topics include:

Bond campaign/community communication:

• Understanding and explaining general obligation bonds
• Passing a school construction bond – case studies


• Bond nuts & bolts: How do I pay for building a sustainable school?
• Alternative funding: Finding other ways to fund building and retrofitting

Facility planning:

• School facility planning, ORS 195.110
• School siting
• High performance facilities


• Building a culture of conservation
• A district-wide comprehensive plan for sustainability
• Solar power purchase agreements, the FIT (feed-in tariff) program and building an Energy Star school

Curriculum/student achievement:

• How do school facilities impact students and teachers?
• Integrating sustainability concepts into your curricula

Building for Student Success

Do you want to be a part of OSBA's 2011 Sustainable Schools Conference?

Through sponsorship or exhibiting or a combination of the two, your company has an excellent opportunity to connect with key staff in school districts, education service districts, charter schools and community colleges.

Exhibit tables and networking registrations will be available.

Download these materials to register.

Exhibitor Prospectus •Exhibitor Registration Form
•Event Partnership Opportunities

Use Payschools to pay online.

If you are interested contact Josie Hummert for more information.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Registration is $175 for the first three OSBA members and $140 for each additional member. For non-members, the fee is $275. Fees include workshop materials – including OSBA’s comprehensive Oregon School Bond Manual, two lunches, one continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and reception hors d’oeuvres.

A $50 fee is charged for each cancellation received after Jan. 18. No-shows are billed the entire registration fee.

OSBA members register online at www.osba.org/sustain.

General Information

Bond Manual This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Secretary of State Elections Manual This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Secretary of State Campaign Finance Manual This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Wednesday, January 27

Thursday, January 28

Building for Student Success

The 2011 Sustainable Schools sponsors are:

Keynote - Governor's office

D.A. Davidson & Co.

Keynote - Victoria Bergsagel (Architects for Achievement)

DLR Group

Wednesday lunch

Emerick Construction

Networking Reception


Thursday breakfast

Dull Olson Weekes Architects, Inc.

Thursday lunch



P & C Construction

Energy Trust of Oregon

Scholarship Fund

D.A. Davidson & Co.

Piper Jaffray

For more information about participating in this conference check out the Prospectus.

Event Partnership Opportunities Use Payschools to pay online.

If you are interested contact Josie Hummert for more information.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Make hotel reservations directly with The Grand Hotel in Salem. Call the hotel, 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800, and say you are attending the OSBA Sustainable Schools conference or make reservations online (link directly from OSBA Web site). Room rates range from $109 single up to $129 double, plus 10 percent room tax. After Jan. 4, hotel reservations at the group rate will be accepted only on a space- and rate-available basis.

Find directions to the conference center and hotel on the OSBA website, under Events.

Map of available parking for The Grand Hotel in Salem.

The Grand Hotel


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