Education Built to Last: California Tour
The California Department of Education is pleased to host Andrea Falken and the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools on the West Coast Tour Leg of the Education Built to Last facilities best practices tour (PDF). The tour will be conducted on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service - Community Facilities Loans and Grants
The Community Facilities Loans and Grants 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 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.
Webinar: California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role of Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities
The California Department of Education hosted a webinar on the recently released report, "California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role for Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities", prepared by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Cities and Schools.
California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role for Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities
A policy research report (PDF), prepared by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Cities & Schools, that provides an analysis of K-12 infrastructure policies, regulations, and funding patterns in California. Findings reveal the need to refine school facilities planning and funding policies and practices to promote sound, efficient, and goal-oriented decision making at state and local levels. The recommendations re-envision the state's role in K-12 infrastructure as one of appropriately supporting educational outcomes and contributing to more sustainable communities through a framework of public infrastructure best practices for sound planning, effective management, adequate and equitable funding, and appropriate oversight. The recommendations lay out a vision, policy framework, and implementation plan to equitably and efficiently improve learning environments for California's six million students.