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Ohio Green Schools Rally

USGBC - Central Ohio Chapter

Friday, August 15, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Ohio Green Schools Rally

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The event has been postponed to Spring of 2015.  It will be held at the Columbus Scioto 6-12 School in Columbus, Ohio. Programming is designed to inform discussions for education, public health, and legislative communities, as well as architecture, engineering, and construction audiences, from across the state. The theme, “Why Green Schools Matter,” will highlight characteristics of green building beyond those that are good for the environment—features that are healthier for building occupants and allow them to perform tasks, such as learning, more effectively. The event will be eligible for GBCI and AIA credits, professional development credit for teachers, and, through a partnership with the Ohio Public Health Association, CEU’s for Registered Sanitarians, those who are Certified in Public Health, and other health professionals.

Keynote speaker: Mr. Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher and administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined, while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in New York City's Department of Education, which routinely generates enough produce to feed healthy meals to 450 students and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. His students, traveling from Boston to Rockefeller Center to the Hamptons, earn living wages en route to graduation. Stephen has consistently moved attendance from 40 percent to 93 percent daily, helped fund and create 2,200 youth jobs, captured the US EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in NYC, won the ABC Above and Beyond Award and the 2012 Chevrolet National Green Educator Award, and is a national Green Apple Education Ambassador for the US Green Building Council.  Mr. Ritz will speak about his current work to embed the concepts of sustainability and environmental justice into K-12 programming and beyond. You can view Stephen Ritz's TED Talk here

Breakout sessions:

Education.  How can green buildings be used as tools to promote learning and well-being?

Environment.: How does the building impact occupant health and performance?

Economics. What financial benefits have been realized from Ohio's green buildings?



Summary Agenda:

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Registration, Networking, including a light breakfast

9:30 AM - 10:50 AM: Workshop Block 1

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM - 12:20 PM: Workshop Block 2

12:20 PM - 12:30 PM: Break

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM:  Lunch and Keynote address by Stephen Ritz

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM: Break

2:10 PM - 3:30 PM: Workshop Block 3

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Call to Action

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Reception at Westies Gastropub


Visit the Green Schools Rally Webpage for a Detailed Agenda and Workshop Options.

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Please forward this to anyone who has an interest in LEED and the green built environment.  This event is open to Chapter members and non-members.

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When & Where

Columbus Scioto 6-12
2951 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43207

Friday, August 15, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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USGBC - Central Ohio Chapter

Within a generation, Central Ohio will be a leader in creating buildings and communities that promote economic growth and sustain the health and vitality of all life.

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