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SBE Resolution 02-Sep-2008


Resolution for Building and Operating Standards for High Performance Schools

WHEREAS, the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction believe that quality school facilities are essential for the academic success of California’s students;

WHEREAS, the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction recognize the positive effects of excellent indoor air quality, day-lighting, thermal and acoustical comfort, and facilities that are well-maintained on student health, achievement, and attendance.

WHEREAS, the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction support schools that employ sustainable design, construction and operation strategies that minimize operating costs, particularly those associated with energy and water consumption;

WHEREAS, the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction commend schools that minimize waste, air, and water pollution;

WHEREAS, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has established comprehensive standards and best practices to guide the construction and operation of healthy, environmentally responsible, and resource-efficient schools;

WHEREAS, the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction recognize that high performance schools promote environmental consciousness among students and create a positive atmosphere for environmental education;

WHEREAS, the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction believe that the costs of building and operating high performance schools are returned several times over due to decreased teacher and student absences and lower utility costs2;

WHEREAS, twenty-seven districts in California have committed that any new construction and major modernizations meet the minimum CHPS standard, and any California district eligible for state funding that elects to build high performance schools using CHPS resources is eligible to receive Proposition 1D funding support; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction encourage districts to incorporate CHPS building standards into their construction plans and to execute their operational plans in accordance with CHPS criteria; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction inform districts about their eligibility to receive Proposition 1D funding for building and operating a CPHS green school; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction continue to promote environmental consciousness in schools by issuing commendations to districts that commit to meeting CHPS criteria for future new construction and major modernization projects.

TED MITCHELL                                                       JACK O’CONNELL

President, California State Board of Education      State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Research studies by Carnegie Mellon University and by the U.S. Green Building Council report a 38.5 percent reduction in asthma rates in green buildings due to indoor air quality and a 33 percent increase in the number of students testing at grade level for reading and math after moving to a green school.

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