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Wednesday, May 25 2011

Join AS&U for a day-long conference to hear specific strategies, tactics, best practices and actionable guidance to better prepare your education institution.

Now more than ever, schools and universities are faced with tight budgets, reduced funding and the pressure to deliver high-quality education with fewer resources.

With these challenges in mind, AS&U has expanded its 3rd annual, award-winning Green School & University Virtual Conference & Expo to provide comprehensive coverage of all topics critical to you and your fellow education facilities and business professionals. Discover new tools and resources that will better prepare you and your institution— all for free and from the comfort of your own office!

Featuring Educational Sessions on:

  • Maintenance and Operations
  • High-Performance Facilities
  • School Security/Safety
  • Creating Better Learning Environments
  • Energy Management
  • Green Cleaning
  • Green/Sustainable Construction/Design

This one-day, interactive and ground-breaking conference is an unprecedented online event in our market and the only online conference dedicated to education facilities & business. Register now for free!

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Tuesday, May 24 2011

According to a survey report by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, Green Revolving Funds (GRFs) have become more popular within the last two years across all sizes and types of learning institutions.

All revolving loan funds operate on a fairly simple premise: An initial sum of money is set aside for the fund. The fund then finances sustainability projects that have a quantifiable monetary savings or return. These projects are in the area of energy cost reduction or sustainability.

A portion of the returns (energy savings realized) from these projects is then reinvested into the fund until the project has been paid off. The money is then reused for more energy conservation projects.

Like with all well-planned energy upgrades, they lower operating costs and help "green the bottom line". In the GRF program, we have a virtual green annuity - a means of funding sustainability projects in perpetuity.
What a great idea for the private sector...

The report also includes a section on some of the main challenges to establishing and running a revolving fund, such as accurately accounting for savings, collaboration among departments. The key attributes of the GRF are it's robust revolving nature; an almost permanent source of sustainability project funding and performance tracking - both of the project and the fund.

The report, called "Greening the Bottom Line: The Trend Toward Green Revolving Funds on Campus", provides an overview of revolving funds and their performance at various institutions across the country. It revealed that the oldest working fund was established by Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1980. After that, only 10 schools established Green Revolving Funds prior to 2008. More than four times that number were the number of schools establishing these funds from 2008 to 2011.

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Monday, May 23 2011

Reduce your schools operating costs with energy efficiencyUnder gloomy economic conditions, schools and universities must strive to provide high-quality education with fewer resources. Labor costs are the largest portion of an education institution’s budget, but after that, the biggest expense is energy. So administrators who need to trim spending should make sure that their buildings are using energy as efficiently as possible...

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Monday, May 23 2011

University Improves Sustainability of HVAC MotorsA new preventive maintenance program at a leading New England Ivy League university demonstrates how the push for more sustainable green building management has led to a growing awareness of a chronic, widespread problem with HVAC motors — electrical bearing damage and failure. VFDs, also known as inverters, adjustable speed drives, etc., are widely used because they save energy, especially in applications with varying loads...

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Monday, May 23 2011

We recently received a new shipment of school science equipment.

All equipment from Science Connexion is delivered free of charge for budget-challenged schools within the greater Chicagoland area.

Quantity Item
50 Small Crucibles
6 Triple Beam Balances
1 Small Autoclave (can accomodate 8-100ml beakers)
1 12000 C Stone Oven
1 Desiccating Chamber
1 Rh Typer / Slide Warmer
Thermomix 1460 Water Heater w/ Nalgene Container 
Handheld Temperature Probes 
2 Handheld pH Probes 
1 Large Crooks Tube 
14  DNA Model Kits
Small Animal Respiratory Chambers 

Please remember that all equipment is "gently used" but in operating condition. Use the Request Equipment form on this site to request any of these items. Availability is on a first come - first served basis. For technical inquiries regarding this list of equipment, please contact Brandon Tucker, GBS Science faculty member.

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