The Division of School Facilities, in partnership with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) office, has begun offering students from CTE schools the opportunity to work with skilled tradespersons in a hands-on learning environment.
Interns, who were chosen after a rigorous interview process, work in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC or Energy Management. Over a seven week period the 21 interns will take the lessons learned in the classroom and apply them to real world scenarios. This type of environment will enable participants to better understand the jobs they’ve studied and test the skills learned through CTE programs.
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Sharon Jaye, DSF’s Director of Sustainability, speaks about a career in facilities management and the strides women are making in the field. This six part article, filled with insights from women in the facilities industry, highlights the growth in women moving into leadership roles and the strategies they use to further their careers.
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During their Black History Month celebration, the Riverton Street Charter School (RSCS) presented Board Member Linda Green with its Visionary Award, in appreciation of her vision and limitless effort in creating an exemplary institution and effectively leading and sustaining the RSCS learning community.
Linda has been a member of the board of the directors since 2011. The Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated civic and community leaders who volunteer their time and energy to help ensure that Riverton Street Charter School is challenging each child to achieve.
Riverton Street Charter School, founded in 2010 in St. Albans, Queens, is a free public charter school offering Full Day K-7 (adding 8th grade in the fall of 2015). The RSCS credo is simple: Set high-standards, make expectations clear, provide meaningful instruction, and watch children excel academically. At RSCS every student is given the tools for success, in and out of the classroom. With a commitment to work, good citizenship, and personal responsibility students experience a safe, secure environment where learning and achievement can thrive.
Click here to view the Riverton Street Charter School website
Chancellor Fariña, along with other high ranking officials from the DOE, recognized sixteen custodial staff employees for their exceptional work at a ceremony on March 9th. Those recognized were Custodial Engineers (Local 891), Firepersons (Local 94) and Handypersons/Cleaners (Local 32BJ).
Nominated by their supervisors, these individuals represent the best from all five boroughs. This was the first time the Chancellor’s Recognition of Excellence Award has been given to a group of individuals. Highlighting outstanding custodial staff at the Division of School Facilities will now be an annual occurrence.
The sixteen employees were individually praised by John Shea, CEO of the Division of School Facilities, and had the opportunity to meet Chancellor Fariña and Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose. With family and friends in attendance, this ceremony was the perfect setting to honor those who work tirelessly maintaining the city’s school buildings.
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In partnership with the NBA, the city’s Department of Education plans to reach 1 million youth in all five boroughs over All-Star weekend. In addition to hosting basketball and fitness clinics in 100 schools on February 13th, the Division of School Facilities (DSF) has worked with the NBA to refurbish 10 indoor basketball courts across the city. This work highlights DSF’s central mission and brings needed updates to some of the city’s finest schools. Please see attached article for more details: click here
The Office of Enterprise, Development and Support is pleased to introduce its
Staff Development web page. The web page contains a directory of updated instructional and informational manuals available for your use. The manuals cover several Microsoft Office 2010 applications, including basic Excel, Word and Outlook. All manuals are available for viewing online, or printing via the DSF Staff Web Page. Each manual has a cover page and table of content. You can click on the links in the table of contents to navigate to the various topics. Also available are instruction guides for all our PassPort Portal/J users. These guides were created specifically for custodian engineers/building managers, contract managers, skilled trade mechanics, and Accounts Payable and other DSF staff.
Additionally, our newly revised Training Registration Application is now available for use. This application allows DSF staff to electronically request training for individual, or group training sessions for one of the many course offerings and sub topics. All requests for training must be approved by a manager or supervisor. This application will be the main medium for requesting, registering and notifying staff of just about every training session offered by DSF.
Please review and take advantage of all training provided by DSF.
Ms. Meryl LaBella has been selected as the Director of Special Projects. This position reports directly to the CEO, and will oversee a varied portfolio including our SchoolStat program, and our relationship with other New York City agencies such as the Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, and Cultural Affairs, to name a few. Meryl has been with DSF as the Deputy Director of Procurement for five years, and has a strong facilities management background from the private sector prior to her city service.
Mr. Philip Napolitano has been selected as the Director of Facilities Management Services. In this role, Phil’s primary responsibility will be the oversight of our Facilities Management Services (FMS) vendors, TEMCO and ABM. These companies provide outsourced cleaning and maintenance services to approximately 140 buildings in the Department’s portfolio. Phil will also have responsibilities related to our moving contract, our vehicle fleet, and our Vernon Boulevard warehouse operation. Phil has held positions of increasing responsibility at DSF, including Cleaner, Handyperson, Custodian Engineer, and Deputy Director of Facilities. Most recently, he was assigned as the point person for PCB issues for the DOE.
Click here to read letter from the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to Chancellor Fariña.
Ottavio Lamantia, Custodian Engineer for the Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School (X660) in the Bronx, wins the DOE 2014 Energy Champion Award.
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In partnership with DCAS, the DOE is holding a building energy competition during winter 2014/2015. One winner will be selected from each borough. A Custodian Engineer at each winning school can select a maintenance repair or an energy retrofit project related to HVAC/Lighting of his/her choosing up to $10,000. The deadline to sign up for this competition is October 27th, Monday COB.
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Mayor de Blasio announced a major investment in solar power at City schools, funding 24 installations as part of the administration’s new green buildings plan (One City, Built to Last), tripling the amount of solar currently planned on City-owned buildings, and marking another step forward as the City works to dramatically reduce its contributions to climate change. Click here to read the full announcement.
John Shea, CEO of DSF, received the award at a ceremony at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington D.C. on September 30th. The conference, in its 37th year, highlights outstanding work being done in the energy field.
As recognition of the great work being done in NYC schools by sustainability coordinators, various organizations have awarded their efforts. Vicki Sando was named a Trailblazing Teacher by the Center for Green Schools, one of only six teachers nationwide to be honored for her creativity in bringing sustainability education to the classroom. As part of the reward, Ms. Sando will receive tools to further support her mission of teaching sustainability to her students.
Daniel Steiner received the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) “Keeping it Reel” Formal Environmental Educator Award, as nominated by his Principal, Charles Gallo. The BCEQ is a non-profit dedicated to leaving the Bronx with “better air, land, and water quality than we have at present.” As part of that goal the organization works with schools to educate students on the importance of environmental issues facing their community.
Nathaniel Wright, a teacher at Bronx Design and Construction Academy, was awarded the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizes “outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.” Nathaniel was selected based on the work done with students including a green roof, lessons on food production and urban ecosystems, Urban Heat Island Effect and working with architectural students on sustainable building designs.
The NYC Department of Education is extremely proud of these three individuals and all the other sustainability coordinators working to bring green curriculum to the classroom!
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After a year that saw tremendous growth for the city’s Sustainability Initiative, the annual Golden Apple Awards were given out to schools that showed exceptional results in recycling, reuse and clean up challenges. On hand to present the awards was DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and CEO of DSF John Shea. To read further about the great work being done in our schools, click here
Does your motivation come from a desire to serve others or serve yourself? The following article discusses the study of two different types of motivation and the intriguing findings that resulted. Click here to read.
The New York Times highlights the DOE’s efforts to compost school food citywide. Since the start of the program, in 2012, the program has expanded dramatically and plans to reach all five boroughs this fall. Click here to read the article.
On Monday, June 16th a kick-off celebration was held at Q650 - The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (HSCTEA) - to commemorate the installation of vacancy sensors. This year, through Solar One's Cleantech program, HSCTEA students had the opportunity to explore building performance and energy efficiency through a series of classroom activities and building audits. Two HSCTEA 11th grade Engineering students, Ashaki Gumbs and Scander Garcia, went a step further, taking the data from the building audits to write a report, which outlined how upgrades to school lighting could save energy and lower the school’s carbon footprint. Their report was submitted to the DOE Division of Facilities Sustainability Office. As a result, DSF funded a $95,000 vacancy sensors installation project in all classrooms and offices. The project was funded using revenue generated through DOE’s Demand Response Program, an initiative to curtail electric consumption during peak electric demand when utility grids are threatened by brownouts and blackouts. At Monday's event DSF technical staff and contractors discussed the project and its impact on the school community with HSCTEA Principal, Lakeisha Gordon, and Assistant Principal, Steven Wynn. Solar One’s Sarah Pidgeon presented Gumbs and Garcia with the Student Achievement Award for outstanding work in energy efficiency and sustainability. These dedicated students look forward to participating in future sustainability efforts at HSCTEA and continuing their education in engineering.
When making decisions in a large organization the status quo can be a guide, but should be questioned as circumstances change and evolve. Click here for video.
A doughnut shop worker decided to share his views on printing receipts by writing out a customized message on each slip of paper.
A Reddit writer known as “buckwheatwaffle” said he felt he was giving too many receipts that were simply a waste of paper.
So he included a little note for each customer — a quote from comedian Mitch Hedberg.
“'I bought a donut and they gave me a free receipt for the donut. I don't need a receipt for a donut,” the receipt reads.
“I give you money and you give me the donut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a donut.”
The worker believes printing a receipt for each doughnut is a waste of paper and energy. The worker — who claims to work for a Chicago store — later wrote that his boss even found humor in his quest to spread awareness.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS /
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:15 AM
Click here to see how the Sustainability Initiative is working to build an eco-friendly school.
Mayor William de Blasio announces more than 4,200 new Full-Day Pre-K Seats added to public schools. Click here to read announcement.
Deputy Mayor Buery and Chancellor Fariña to lead School Space Working Group. Click here to read announcement.
Click here to read the Chancellor's testimony on the fiscal year 2015 budget before the NYC Council Committee on Education.
To the DSF Team:
With spring right around the corner, I thought I would take the time to recap the past few months here at the Division of School Facilities. It’s been a very important and dynamic time for New York City, and the Department of Education in particular.
With a new city government come new goals that directly impact the jobs we do on a daily basis. It gives our team the chance to highlight the great work we do on behalf of the children throughout the five boroughs. One of my responsibilities is advocating for the needs of each individual within DSF, which allows you to reach the high standards set by our department. This is a task that I take seriously and will continue to do going forward.
This winter season has been particularly harsh on school buildings. It seems like every day brought another record setting temperature, snowstorm or a combination of the two. However, I never doubted for a moment that our buildings would be well maintained, accessible and ready for learning. That is a testament to the hard work done by all involved.
Recently launched was the latest version of our Sustainability Newsletter. We are now reaching more partners than ever before and constantly re-thinking the way the DOE approaches sustainability. Additionally, our Emergency Operations Center here at Vernon Boulevard is nearing completion. This will allow us to become more proactive in monitoring external events that could have potential impacts to buildings, giving us an added advantage when faced with emergency scenarios.
In the last few months we’ve also initiated a new on-boarding process, worked with various departments to test panic buttons in every school and are currently overseeing custodial Coastal Storm Training. All of these tasks are in addition to the day-to-day responsibilities that make up our mission.
I am looking forward to what the next few months will bring for the city and our department. As long as we continue to live up to our standards, I have no doubt that we will continue to thrive.
Many thanks for all that you do every day on behalf of the students in New York City.
John Shea, CEO Division of School Facilities
After 27 years of serving the City of New York, Frank Borowiec, most recently DSF’s Director of Facilities Management has decided to retire. Throughout his career Frank has held a number of positions within the Department of Education, starting by repairing window shades before rising through the ranks to become a supervisor of laborers, contract manager, Tweed building manager, Deputy Director of Facilities and, finally, his current role as Director of Facilities Management. Throughout his time at the DOE Frank has amassed countless productive working relationships, shown a strong work ethic toward all his responsibilities, a passion for the wellbeing of our students and teachers all with a sense of humor which brought a smile to every room he entered.
Frank will be retiring to Florida where he looks forward to working on his golf game, visits with his grandkids and, most importantly, spending time with his wife.
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Through the DOE's organic collection program the City has been collecting food waste in cafeterias and converting it into compost, rather than sending it to landfills. Once converted to compost it can be sold to landscapers, turned into natural gas or donated to parks across the five boroughs. Sustainability efforts by the DOE are changing the way we recycle and reuse in schools on a daily basis.
In the linked article Cheryl Connor comments on clinical social worker Amy Morin’s belief on what things mentally strong people avoid and how this leads to their success. Click here to read.
Six big-city school systems are combining their purchasing power to persuade suppliers to sell healthier and more environment-friendly products, like compostable food trays, at low prices. To learn more click here.
Good Day New York recently aired a segment on the food being served in schools citywide. The show highlighted the great work being done by the School Food team and the healthy options available in cafeterias for all students. Take a few minutes and watch the segment by clicking here.
NYC, in an effort to double recycling rates to 30% by 2017, is increasing the number of sanitation officers around the city. These individuals will be enforcing the City’s recycling laws and monitoring both residential and business waste removal. Click here for the entire article.
The DSF is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Lazarus has been appointed as Director of Facilities, filling the vacancy created with the promotion of Bill Estelle to Executive Director. Joe has been serving the students of New York City for almost 14 years, starting as a Handyman, and most recently holding the position of Deputy Director of Facilities. Joe will be assigned to lead the Brooklyn North team. Please join me in welcoming Joe to his new position.
On November 20th John Shea, CEO of DSF, will be representing DOE on a panel discussion centered on small companies with great ideas that hope to gain the attention of large organizations. This discussion will give valuable insight and knowledge to small business operators and bring attention to the partnerships fostered between the public and private sectors. For more information please select the following link here.
On October 28th five DSF employees were honored by Deputy Chancellor Grimm to thank them for the great work they engage in on behalf of New York City schools and students. The honorees were Vincent Sisto (Custodial Engineer), Parmanand Ramphal (Bronx Borough Contract Manager), Lililya Shames (Deputy Director of Optimization), Meryl LaBella (Deputy Director of Procurement) and Harry Torkelsen (Borough Contract Manager). DSF is proud of all those recognized and thanks them for all their hard work and dedication.
To the DSF Team:
As the school year moves forward, I wanted to take a moment and thank each of you for the exemplary effort you gave to ensure that our schools were ready for our 1.1 million students this fall. The work DSF does behind the scenes is crucial in allowing students to reach their potential in the classroom. I believe that our team is better than ever at meeting the needs of a city as demanding and diverse as New York.
Since 2002, we have opened 654 new schools to better serve our students. Many of those buildings were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. As we approach the one year anniversary of Sandy, the ingenuity that was shown by our entire department exemplifies the best that public service has to offer. Never in the history of DSF had one event affected the entire organization so drastically. It was inspiring to watch this past year as DSF helped to rebuild our facilities.
Our Sustainability Initiative has been a trailblazer in City government. New partnerships and programs aimed at meeting the goals of PlaNYC have allowed DSF to push forward on the Mayor’s environmental vision. This year begins our partnership with DSNY to promote composting in 200 schools, with the goal of all schools composting within three years. We continue to work with the Parks Department to ensure that every New Yorker is within a ten minute walk of a park. These programs, along with others for energy conservation, ecology, and green curriculum, show the level of importance the City of New York places on making the city a greener place to work, live and attend school.
In the coming year we will continue our progress in improving the way facilities are managed, repaired and modernized. Through partnerships with both city agencies and private organizations, we will hold fast to sustainability goals set out in PlaNYC, allowing our schools to become a model for other major urban school districts.
It is only when we work together that our goals can be accomplished. I look forward to the challenges ahead knowing that we will face them as a team, and continue to support our children in getting the education they deserve.
John Shea, CEO Division of School Facilities
This article, click here, published by the New York Times in January of 1939, highlights the DOE’s construction of schools during the New Deal era. This expansion was the largest of its kind up to that point and showed NYC’s commitment to providing state of the art facilities to students throughout the five boroughs. It’s easy to see that many of the actions taken by DSF today mirror those from the city’s past.
Beginning in October John Shea, CEO of DSF, will have open office time scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month. This forum will give anyone within the organization the opportunity to speak directly with John about whatever is on their mind. These meetings will be held at 44-36 Vernon Blvd. in the 5th floor conference room and will be open to employees on a first-come, first-served basis by signing up via emailing Janet Fitzgibbon.
John looks forward to seeing staff at the first meeting to be held on October 1st.
This report located here tells what parents, teachers, and
students said about learning conditions at the High School for Energy and Technology which is sponsored by the Division of School Facilities.
Click here to see ten really great employee traits that any good employer should recognize and reward instantly.
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the IFMA Foundation are proud to announce the release of “Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” the latest free publication in the “Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series” which provides facility managers with workable solutions to minimize waste.
“To recycle an old cliché, waste not, want not,” said Marina Badoian-Kriticos, sustainability director at IFMA. “The modern facility manager is under tremendous pressure to do more with less. One way to accomplish this is by managing the waste stream to reduce the amount of waste in the built environment. Waste flow management is one of the most profound examples of sustainable practices saving money, improving productivity and benefiting the triple bottom line for organizations around the world.”
Waste is defined loosely as the useless consumption or expenditure of resources. This not only encompasses the popular understanding of waste (in terms of energy and garbage), but wasted time and effort as well. Waste stream management is the process of tracking resources from the beginning to the end of their existence. Below is an excerpt from the executive summary of the guide:
This guide covers the use of resources from harvest through manufacture/production, transportation, use and disposal of materials. It discusses environmentally preferred purchasing programs, life cycle assessment and various disposal methods. It explains rapidly renewable resources, embedded energy, virtual water, package design, the effect of materials on indoor environmental quality, recycling, document destruction and landfills. It focuses on the four “Rs” — reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink — in managing resources and the waste products derived from them. Finally, the guide will show how managing resources throughout a product’s life cycle will save time and money.
Among the subjects covered in the free guide are:
• Best practices for conducting a waste audit
• A guide for environmentally preferred purchasing
• Best practices to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink
• Tips for making the business case for waste reduction
• Detailed case studies
The peer-reviewed guide was co-written by Bill Conley, IFMA Fellow, CFM, SFP, FMP, CFMJ, LEED AP and Sharon Jaye, D.Ed., SFP.
Bill Conley has more than 35 years of experience in facility management. He has managed facilities for VeriFone, Hewlett-Packard and SCAN Health Plan, and has served as managing director of the LEED®/Sustainability Development Group for Pacific Building Care (PBC). He is past president of the Orange County (U.S.) Chapter of IFMA as well as the Facility Management Consultants Council and has served on the IFMA board of directors. He is a director on the board of OC IFMA and is a member of IFMA’s sustainability committee. He currently practices as a facility management/sustainability consultant through his own company, CFM2.
Sharon Jaye is the director of sustainability at the New York City Department of Education Division of School Facilities. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clayton State University, a master’s degree in project management from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Argosy University. She holds Sustainability Facility Professional accreditation through IFMA and currently serves on IFMA’s sustainability committee.
“Waste: A Comprehensive Guide to Waste Stream Management,” is available here online. free of charge. In total, 14 publications from the “Sustainability ‘How-to’ Guide Series” are available here online. The IFMA Foundation produced the guide in partnership with the IFMA Sustainability Committee.
Established in 1990 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote educational opportunities and research for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the facility management community, including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who are united by the belief that education and research improve the facility management profession.
DSF is excited to announce that, after a thorough search process, Mr. William Estelle has been appointed as the new Executive Director for DSF. Bill started his career with the Board of Education in June, 1975 and has held every field-based position in the Department from Cleaner through Custodian Engineer, and then on to Deputy Director and most recently the Director of Facilities for Brooklyn South/Staten Island. Bill has many years of diverse experience, as well as an unparalleled work ethic. Please join us in welcoming him in this new position.
In this article published on the Facilitiesnet website, John Shea and other FMXcellence winners share how they made a big impact on a large portfolio. John specifically speaks about the use of the SchoolStat application which uses data-driven analysis to target problem areas in schools. To read the full article CLICK HERE.
Linda Green, JD, MPA, Chief Administrative Officer at the DSF has once again been asked to participate on the "Diverse Career Opportunities for Your Law Degree” Panel which will be held on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
This event is part of the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, which provides legal internship opportunities and development programs for inner-city high school students interested in pursuing a career in law. More information about the program is available at: CLICK HERE.
DSF is pleased to welcome Dr. Sharon Jaye to the Division of School Facilities as our new Director of Sustainability. She comes to us most recently from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Jaye has her PhD in Educational Leadership, and did her dissertation work in Greenhouse Gas Emission inventories.
DSF would like to congratulate Deputy Director of Facilities Joe Lazarus who has been named one of the six 2013 Sloan Public Service Award winners. As Deputy Director of Facilities for Community School District 3, Joseph Lazarus oversees 50 Manhattan public schools located in 30 different buildings to ensure that 4 million square feet of school space is safe, clean and warm for teachers and students.
For over 38 years, the Fund has recognized City employees at all ranks and levels of government through its Sloan Public Service Awards, widely regarded as the Nobel Prizes of City government. This program annually honors six outstanding civil servants whose work performance and commitment to the public transcend not merely the ordinary but the extraordinary, day after day and year after year. In honoring these winners, the Fund also acknowledges the contributions of the many thousands of dedicated public servants who, with integrity and devotion, perform the work that keeps this complex city running.
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Management at DSF is proud to announce the release of its new Website. The redesign, which was extensive, tranformed the old outdated site into a fresh, new modern look.
The Division of School Facilities is pleased to announce our new on-line Third Party and Charter Request application. This replaces the old paper based submittal process and is for use by schools wishing to select and manage their own contractors, and for any work requested by a Charter School co-located in a DOE building. If you are on the DOE intranet (a DOE school) the application is available for your use HERE. If you are not on the DOE intranet (a Charter School for example), the application is available for your use HERE.
The application allows you to enter a request and will keep you informed of the status of the request through regular email updates from the system as the request moves through the approval process. You can use your secure log-in (sent to you after your submission) to check the status of your request. Instructions on how to use the system are located within the system to make it easy to use.
Please note: If you have already submitted a request DO NOT use the electronic submittal application.
Three New York State Schools were named among the Second Annual U.S. Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, together with White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe announced that three New York schools – Crompond School, PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey School and Rye Country Day School – are among the 14 districts and 64 schools named 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. New York State is among 29 states and D.C. with schools receiving the second annual awards.
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition program that launched in September 2011. Selected schools are honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.
Crompond School, Yorktown, NY lives up to its motto "Always Responsible, Never Excuses" with emphasis on individual responsibility and environmental consciousness including participation in the Ford Challenge to create a future car model that reduces the carbon footprint. PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey School, Staten Island, NY provides students with project-based learning centered around environmental education including energy conservation, climate change, ecological restoration, composting, recycling and gardening. Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY provides a multi-faceted program focusing on energy and resource reduction, recycling, environmental activities, campus gardening, and community education.
"The Board of Regents and I congratulate the Crompond School, PS 057 Hubert H. Humphrey School and Rye Country Day School," said State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. "These three schools have demonstrated exemplary efforts to ensure a sustainable and 'green' school environment and the students, faculty and staff of each school deserve to be recognized for their work."
"Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools."
The 2013 Green Ribbon School honorees include 54 public schools and 10 private schools. In addition, 14 districts were honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award. The public schools include seven charter, five magnet and four career and technical schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 40 elementary, 23 middle and 19 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations, from 29 states and the District of Columbia. Over half of the 2013 honorees serve a student body more than 40 percent of which is eligible for free and reduced price lunch. The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 78 honorees can be found here.
"Preparing students for success in the 21st century economy begins in our schools. The schools and districts being honored today are modeling the best practices in reducing environmental impact and cutting costs, creating a healthier learning environment, and providing students with an education geared toward the jobs of the future," said Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley.
"EPA is proud to join the Department of Education in recognizing our nation's U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for their remarkable efforts to create healthier learning spaces and educate students on the importance of environmental protection," said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are not only cutting costs thanks to energy-saving practices and use of more efficient technology, but they're also reducing instances of pollution-related illnesses like asthma, a leading cause of student absence. The students who attend these schools are better prepared than ever to become the next generation of environmental stewards and bring about a healthier, more sustainable future."
I'd like to sing the praises of our Solar One educators and staff, whose work, dedication and considerable talent have made our Green Design Lab™ a stunning success. But don't take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal found the Green Design Lab™ so exciting they ran a feature article on it in the paper today. You can read the article as a PDF HERE.
In fact, the Journal gave us double coverage, with a wonderful online video of our one-of-a-kind program: WATCH IT HERE.
Last year we tested the Green Design Lab™, our in-depth environmental education program that shows students how to green their school, in 10 NYC public schools. It quickly caught fire and will be in 30 public schools this year.
These 30 schools will compete for $30,000 in prizes. The winners will be the top 3 to show the biggest reduction in electricity use (kW hours). Facing tough budget cuts, schools are taking our Energy Challenge very seriously.
Please read the Journal's report on our Green Design Lab™, I'm positive you'll find it informative and inspiring- we really appreciate the wonderful work that journalist Sophia Hollander did on this piece. And many, many thanks to everyone who has supported our effort to green schools, lower their energy bills and improve our students' STEM (science, technology, energy and math) skills.
The New York State Office of General Services (OGS), under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, is pleased to provide this website for use by institutions and the general public. Its purpose is to offer facility managers, school administrators, educators, parents, and citizens a wealth of free information and tools to promote adoption of effective green cleaning practices, leading to healthier indoor environments