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Caltrans Awards Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to Safe Routes to School Projects

Caltrans has announced the latest round of Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants External link opens in new window or tab., and three Safe Routes to School projects are among the winners. The cities of Compton and San Fernando, along with the Town of Apply Valley, will all prepare Safe Routes to School Master Plans. In addition, the cities of Los Angeles and Fontana won awards for active transportation planning. Many other awards will go to communities to create walking and bicycling master plans, conduct surveys and data collection and study corridors for complete streets improvements. A full list of award recipients may be found on Caltrans Web site External link opens in new window or tab. .

State Water Board Approves $19 Million for Interim Emergency Drinking Water and Drought Related Projects

The State Water Resources Control Board approved guidelines for $19 million in funding External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) to help public agencies, community water systems, not-for-profit organizations and tribal governments meet emergency drinking water needs.

In an effort to distribute funds as quickly and efficiently as possible, the State Water Board will coordinate with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Division of Drinking Water, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, and stakeholders to identify communities whose water supplies have been impacted by contamination or drought, and need financial assistance to maintain a safe drinking water supply.

Division of State Architect - Proposed Irrigation Water Efficiency Requirements

In response to the current drought state of emergency and Governor Brown's Executive Order B-29-15 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), the Division of the State Architect (DSA) proposes new water efficiency requirements for public school and community college irrigated landscape areas.

The proposed changes to the 2013 California Green Building Standards ("CALGreen") Code External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) require reduction in outdoor potable water used for both new construction and modernization projects. Specific requirements include strict irrigation regulations, separate water meters, and automatic controllers that adapt to changes in weather and soil moisture.

The California Building Standards Commission will consider the proposed rulemaking on May 29, 2015 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). If approved, the new requirements will apply to projects submitted to DSA on or after July 1, 2015.

California STEM Symposium October 28-30, 2015 - Call for School Facilities Presenters, Vendors, and Participants

The Third Annual California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Symposium will be held October 28-30, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The symposium is hosted by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Education.

School facilities and education professionals are encouraged to present new and/or modernized STEM school facilities and learning environments. Prospective presenters may consider sharing school designs that enhance one or more STEM topics, including but not limited to, technology and infrastructure upgrades, career technical education schools, and partnerships with schools and districts that have designed or modified facilities to support STEM learning.

To be guaranteed inclusion in the selection process, presenters must submit proposals on line External link opens in new window or tab. no later than Monday, June 15, 2015.

Designing for the Common Core

A PowerPoint presentation (PPT) that provides an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.
Accessible version of the PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.

Follow California Green Ribbon Schools on Social Media

The School Facilities and Transportation Services Division (SFTSD) is pleased to announce the launch of Facebook External link opens in new window or tab. and Twitter External link opens in new window or tab. pages for California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s initiative recognizing excellence in sustainability education, health, and environmental stewardship. The CA-GRS program mirrors the federal recognition administered in California by the SFTSD.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service - Community Facilities Loans and Grants

The Community Facilities Loans and Grants External link opens in new window or tab. programs support the success of rural communities (up to 20,000 residents) by providing loans and grants for the construction, acquisition, or renovation of community facilities or for the purchase of equipment for community projects. These facilities can improve access to high-quality and affordable local foods. Sponsors in rural areas and towns should consider applying for this unique opportunity to upgrade their community's child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve their students' access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products. These program funds can be used to improve public buildings, such as school food service facilities, Head Start centers, pre-schools, adult day care centers, child day care centers, and food preparation centers.

Energy Efficiency Financing

The Energy Commission is now accepting loan applications External link opens in new window or tab. on a first-come, first-serviced basis for eligible energy projects from all eligible entities (including public schools). These 3% interest rate loans are available for projects with proven energy and/or capacity savings, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Examples of projects include: lighting systems, pumps and motors, streetlights and LED traffic signals, automated energy management systems/controls, building insulation, energy generation including renewable and combined heat and power projects, heating and air conditioning modifications, and waste water treatment equipment. Energy efficiency projects must be technically and economically feasible.

Questions:   Fred Yeager | fyeager@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-7148
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