What does sustainability mean for schools? - Sustainability means to act in a manner that exhibits awareness of how all things are connected and make well-considered choices for the greater good of all. Here are some considerations for school boards to ponder when exploring this territory.
The Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative - Learn more about sustainability through this initiative being created now with input from interested stakeholders and guidance from a steering committee that includes OSBA representatives.
Building Commissioning - Learn more about the process of ensuring that systems are designed, installed, functionally tested, and capable of being operated and maintained to perform in conformity with the design intent.
Grant possibilities - Learn more about ODOT's Pedestrian and Bicycle Grant Program providing about $5 million every two years that may go to Oregon cities and counties for design and construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities within public rights-of-way.
Business Tax Credits - New high-performance schools that go for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification with the Oregon Department of Energy can qualify for a Business Energy Tax Credit. Part of the LEED certification requires such schools to be “bike and pedestrian friendly.”
Oregon Transportation & Growth Management Program - TGM planning grants can support safe-routes-to-school initiatives and TGM’s outreach and quick-response services can help school districts address school siting issues. TGM maintains a “Walkable Schools” section on its Web site, which links to many resources on school design and transportation topics, including the Oregon Handbook on School Siting.
Walk-to-School Day - Maintained by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, this site allows participating schools to register and keep up with what other schools around the country are doing. It also supplies ideas for observing Walk-to-School Day.