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Innovative Facilities, Student Engagement, Environmental Literacy: A New Era for Green California Schools

Innovative Facilities, Student Engagement, Environmental Literacy: A New Era for Green California Schools
This information is being shared on behalf of Green Technology
The 2017 Green California Schools Summit and Community Colleges Summit comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 28-29. The nation’s first statewide green schools event, the conference arrives at a time of greatly increased activity in the schools facility sector, accompanied by growing agreement that creating a “green school” involves much more than high performance buildings.

Offering an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, educational sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit is a unique annual opportunity for public and private sector stakeholders to connect, share best practices and discover new ideas and technologies.

The opening session on November 28 will include a keynote presentation by Environmental Charter Schools founder Alison Suffet Diaz and an update on the landmark Prop 39 program for school energy projects from School Energy Coalition executive director Anna Fererra. A breakfast keynote on November 29 will feature Will Parish, the founder of Ten Strands and the co-chair of California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee.

Dozens of concurrent education sessions at the Summit will help attendees discover the strategies behind successful green school programs. Sessions on energy efficiency, water conservation, Zero Net Energy buildings, environmental literacy, funding sources and much more will be led by green school innovators and experts. Pre-Summit training on November 27 will include a half-day workshop on ZNE school retrofits from New Buildings Institute and a day-long workshop examining what a “systems approach” to green school might include.

On November 28, the Summit’s annual Leadership Awards reception will recognize achievements in categories ranging from green building and energy efficiency to curriculum. For the second year, the awards program will also include recognition of Zero Net Energy projects on California school campuses.

More Information

Registration for the keynotes, Expo and Leadership Awards are free. For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.
Date Published: September 13, 2017

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2014 News

The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $94 million for school construction projects throughout the state.
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Date Published: October 16, 2014

Green Schools - Investing in Our Future
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The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 5-6, 2014. Keynote speakers will be Senator Fran Pavley and Rear Admiral Len Hering. Through an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, dozens of educational sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit offers two days of total immersion in all aspects of green schools.
Date Published: September 19, 2014

Office of Public School Construction Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Elementary School in Diamond Bar
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand re-opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on September 3 for the Maple Hill Elementary School in Diamond Bar, California. The eastern Los Angeles County elementary school will provide approximately 550 students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.
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Date Published: September 3, 2014

The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $193.9 million for school construction projects throughout the state. The SAB awarded approximately $100.5 million for 34 School Facility Program (SFP) projects within 21 school districts statewide. The state matching funds for SFP projects are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds.  State funding for SFP projects is provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55. In addition, the SAB has awarded approximately $93.4 million for 489 Emergency Repair Program (ERP) projects within 53 school districts. The ERP provides grant and/or reimbursement funding to school districts for the cost of repairing or replacing existing building systems or structural components that are broken or not functioning properly and which pose a health and safety threat to students and staff at eligible school sites.
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Date Published: August 21, 2014

Office of Public School Construction Celebrates New Central Valley School
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony on June 28 for Mountain House High School in Mountain House, California. The new high school will provide learning space for approximately 2,000 Lammersville Unified School District students in San Joaquin County, while construction of the project bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: July 1, 2014

State Announces $372.2 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects

The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $372.2 million for 105 school construction projects within 43 school districts throughout the state. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds.  State funding for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55. “The State Allocation Board’s action today provides cash apportionments for 105 school facility projects across the state,” said SAB Chair Eraina Ortega, who also serves as Chief Deputy Director, Policy at the California Department of Finance.  “The Office of Public School Construction will distribute the bond funds to school districts within 90 days so local school construction projects can move forward as quickly as possible.”
Read the press release for more information.
Date Published: April 7, 2014

DGS and OPSC to Celebrate New School Buildings in Los Angeles
Representatives of the Department of General Services and the Office of Public School Construction will join local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 5 to celebrate the opening of the Jaime Escalante Auditorium and Memorial Plaza, a new administration building, and new classroom buildings. The additional classrooms provide capacity for up to 513 students, and all students on the campus will be able to enjoy the new auditorium and plaza. The construction of the facilities bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials. Garfield High School has a long and rich history. Founded in 1925 in East Los Angeles, the high school was made famous by the film Stand and Deliver about math teacher Jaime Escalante, for whom the new auditorium is named. Additionally, Garfield was one of the schools involved in the 1969 student protests known as the “East L.A. walkouts” in which Mexican-American students protested unequal educational conditions.
Date Published: March 25, 2014

2013 News

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 11 to celebrate the opening of the California Montessori Project Elk Grove campus. Up to 300 students will be able to attend the new educational complex, serving pupils from kindergarten through the eighth grade. The construction of the facility bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: October 11, 2013

September 17, 2013 - OPSC Welcomes New School Building in Santa Ana
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 17 to celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art, two-story classroom building at James A. Garfield Elementary School in Santa Ana. Up to 300 students will benefit from the new educational complex at James A. Garfield Elementary School, serving pupils from kindergarten through the fifth grade. The construction of the facility bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.

Date Published: September 19, 2013

September 12, 2013 - OPSC Celebrates New School Opening in Delano
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 12 to celebrate the opening of the Pioneer School in Delano, California. Up to 1,500 students will benefit from the new educational complex at Pioneer School serving pupils from kindergarten through the eighth grade. The construction of the facility bolsters the local economy through the creation of more than 800 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: September 16, 2013

August 23, 2013 - OPSC Celebrates Two Grand Openings in South Lake Tahoe
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in two grand opening ceremonies on August 23 at schools in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District: South Tahoe High’s sports medicine facility, and Bijou Community School’s classroom wing. Approximately 290 students will benefit from the new facility at South Tahoe High. The construction of the facility bolsters the local economy through the creation of over 40 jobs and the purchase of building materials. The project at Bijou Community School (pictured) provided approximately 225 students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of almost 70 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: August 27, 2013

OPSC Celebrates New School Opening in Escondido
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony June 20, 2013 for the Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science in Escondido. The project will provide approximately 800 Escondido Union High School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of over 390 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: June 21, 2013

OPSC Helps Break Ground for Mark Keppel Elementary in Glendale
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony on May 29 for the Mark Keppel Elementary School in Glendale. The new facilities will provide learning space for 350 Glendale Unified School District students, while the construction of the project will bolster the local economy through the creation of approximately 82 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: June 03, 2013

State Announces $520 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction
The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $520 million for shovel-ready school construction projects across the state. The state matching funds will help finance 230 school construction projects within 92 school districts. Funds for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47 and 55.
Date Published: May 23, 2013

Governor Brown Boosts Investment in Schools
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised and balanced state budget today that strengthens California’s fiscal integrity by investing in California's schools, chipping away billions from the "Wall of Debt" and maintaining a prudent reserve. "This budget builds a solid foundation for California's future by investing in our schools, continuing to pay down our debts and establishing a prudent reserve," said Governor Brown. "But California's fiscal stability will be short-lived unless we continue to exercise the discipline that got us out of the mess we inherited."
Date Published: July 16, 2013

OPSC Helps Dedicate New High School in Rancho Mirage
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a dedication ceremony on May 10 for the new Rancho Mirage High School in Rancho Mirage. The new facility in Riverside County provides learning space for 2,484 Palm Springs Unified School District students, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of approximately 950 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: May 13, 2013

OPSC Helps Dedicate New Elementary School in Anaheim
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a dedication ceremony on February 15 for the reconstructed Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Anaheim. The new facility provides learning space for up to 1,000 Anaheim City School District students, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of approximately 390 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: February 21, 2013

OPSC Attends Ribbon-Cutting for New Middle School in Walnut Park
The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 15 for the Walnut Park Middle School in Walnut Park. The project provides 1,026 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 375 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: February 21, 2013

2012 News

OPSC Helps Break Ground for Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs
The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony recently for Bella Vista Elementary in Desert Hot Springs. The project will provide 725 Palm Springs Unified School District elementary students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 500 school construction jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: November 2, 2012

OPSC Helps Open New Science & Tech. Academy in Los Angeles
The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials today to cut the ribbon and open the new Dr. Lawrence H. Moore Math, Science, Technology Academy in Los Angeles. The new academy gives 800 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of almost 600 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: November 1, 2012

OPSC Helps Santa Ana School Replace Classrooms
The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a rededication ceremony on October 1 at Thomas A. Edison Elementary School in Santa Ana. The project provides 643 Santa Ana Unified School District K-5th grade students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 400 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: October 1, 2012

OPSC Participates in New School Opening in Palmdale
The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony on September 28 for the Gregg Anderson Academy Elementary School in Palmdale. The project provides 864 Westside Union School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of over 400 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: September 28, 2012

OPSC Attends School’s Ribbon-Cutting Celebration in Huntington Park 
The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for the new Lucille Roybal-Allard Elementary School in Huntington Park. The project provides 560 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of more than 1,000 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: September 27, 2012

OPSC Celebrates Grand Opening of CTEFP Classrooms
The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony September 22 for the new Heritage High School Agricultural Research Center in Menifee. The project provides 602 Perris Union High School District students a place to learn agricultural career skills, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 80 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
Date Published: September 22, 2012

OPSC Celebrates Grand Opening of McCollam School, San Jose

Lisa Silverman, Executive Officer of the Office of Public School Construction, attended the August 31 grand opening at the McCollam County Annex School in San Jose. The School Facility Program project provided four classrooms at a Special Education Center for Santa Clara County Office of Education students. The construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the purchase of materials and hiring a workforce for construction.
Date Published: August 31, 2012

Office of Public School Construction Helps Break Ground for New School in SoCal
The Office of Public School Construction took part in a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new Dr. Mildred Dalton Henry Elementary School in San Bernardino. The project will provide 564 San Bernardino City Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school will bolster the local economy through the purchase of materials and hiring a workforce for construction.
Date Published: August 24, 2012

$637.6 Million Okayed for Shovel-Ready School Construction
The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $637.6 million for shovel-ready school construction projects across the state. The state matching funds will help finance 198 school construction projects within 96 school districts. Funds for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47 and 55.
Date Published: June 27, 2012

Governor Appoints New Executive Officer to OPSC
Lisa Silverman, 45, of Pilot Hill, has been appointed executive officer for the Office of Public School Construction at the California Department of General Services, where she has served as acting executive officer since 2010. Silverman served as senior management auditor and chief of fiscal services at the Office of Public School Construction from 2006 to 2010 and was a business tax specialist and associate tax auditor for the Board of Equalization from 1997 to 2006. She was an associate tax auditor and hearing officer for the Franchise Tax Board from 1984 to 1997. Governor's Announcement (link).
Date Published: March 5 ,2012

2011 News

State Eases Rules for Schools to Tap Seismic Retrofit Monies
The State Allocation Board (SAB) has made it easier for school districts to access $194.8 million in unused seismic retrofit funds. At its monthly meeting last night, the SAB amended the School Facility Program (SFP) regulations for the Seismic Mitigation Program; removing shaking intensity benchmarks and refocusing the criteria to direct funds toward potentially vulnerable schools. “Governor Brown wanted to ensure that the SAB provided greater access for schools to seismic retrofit monies,” said Pedro Reyes, State Allocation Board Chair.
Date Published: June 23, 2011

 $40.6 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects
The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced that it has allocated $40.6 million for "shovel-ready" school construction projects across the state. These state matching funds will help finance 18 school construction projects, including construction of additional classrooms and modernization of existing facilities, within 13 school districts.
Date Published: February 23, 2011

$103.8 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects
The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced that it has allocated $103.8 million for “shovel-ready” school construction projects across the state. These state matching funds will help finance 26 school construction projects within 19 school districts.
Date Published: January 26, 2011

2010 News

State Announces $1.4 Billion for Shovel-Ready School
The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced that it has allocated $1.4 billion for “shovel-ready” school construction projects across the state. These state matching funds will help finance 442 school construction projects within 137 school districts, resulting in substantial job creation.
Date Published: December 16, 2010


Release of Funds for First Round of Shovel-Ready Prioritization for School Construction Funding
The State Allocation Board (SAB) today announced that $408 million has been released for 78 school construction projects statewide. These projects are shovel-ready projects to build new schools and modernize old facilities. Under the Priorities in School Construction Funding program, the construction projects must begin work within three months.
Date Published: November 18, 2010

The State Announces $408 Million for Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects
The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has allocated $408 million for shovel-ready school construction projects across the state. These state matching funds will help finance 78 school construction projects within 42 school districts and are expected to create more than 7,000 new jobs.
Date Published: August 4, 2010

The State Releases $960 million for School Construction
The State of California allocated $960.7 million for school construction projects across the state this week, the largest distribution of school facility funds in more than a year. These state matching funds will help finance 185 school construction projects by local school districts.
Date Published: April 30, 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces New Priority Rules for Shovel-Ready Local School Facility Project
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today the State Allocation Board (SAB) has taken action to prioritize state funding from the Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan for shovel-ready school construction projects helping to put Californians to work now. This decision will make $408 million in Proposition 1D funds accessible to school districts throughout the state that are able to break ground on approved projects within two to three months of receipt of a funding apportionment.
Date Published: May 26, 2010