U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Smart School Siting Tool
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released The Smart School Siting Tool to help communities make school siting decisions in a more coordinated and comprehensive way. Communities can use the tool to align school site selection with planning policies and capital investments, understand how well school siting and other community planning processes are coordinated, and compare school siting alternatives. The tool includes a user guide, which provides background on the links between school siting and community impacts and describes how to use the tool, and two Excel workbooks that users can download and fill out.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Guide for Healthier School Renovations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new booklet entitled Sensible Guide to Healthier School Renovations that will help schools around the country keep school environments healthy while cleaning up contaminants such as asbestos, mold, mercury, lead, and radon that are associated with renovations. This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff, and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards and ways to minimize children's exposures as they prepare for and undergo renovations.
Assembly Bill 496 - Funding for Fresh Drinking Water
Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 496: Pupil Nutrition Funding for Drinking Water , which requires the California of Education to identify available sources for funding to fund water quality and infrastructure projects for local educational agencies.
School Attendance Boundary Survey 2015-16
The National Center for Education Statistics' biennial data collection for the School Attendance Boundary Survey (SBAS) is open from November 2, 2015 through May 15, 2016. This collection relates to individual school attendance areas, not district boundaries. Participation materials were mailed to district superintendents in October.
California's Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
The report of Superintendent Torlakson's Environmental Literacy Task Force, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment, was released on September 15, 2015. Included are recommendations on learning environments [see recommendations 6(n.) and 6(q.) in particular].
Drought Response Best Practices/Resources
The California Department of Education, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division has developed Best Practices and Resources that include strategies that school district can consider to reduce their water usage. The list is not exhaustive and each district should evaluate a strategy based on the district's climate, existing conditions, and water reduction efforts already completed.
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 (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 (PDF) require reduction in outdoor potable water used for new building construction, alterations and additions and related site work on a new or existing site. 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 approved the proposed rulemaking on May 29, 2015 (PDF). The new requirements will apply to projects submitted to DSA on or after July 1, 2015.
Designing for the Common Core
An overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core (PPT).
Accessible version of an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.