The Green California Schools Summit & Expo, the major green schools event in the U.S., will take place October 17-18 at the Pasadena Convention Center, for educators, school boards, architects, builders – everyone involved in building, operating and teaching in K-12 schools. It’s the go-to event to learn about all aspects of green schools - from funding, to new building technologies, to implementing green curriculum. Representatives from public, public charter and private schools, and their private sector partners will be in attendance, along with architects, energy management professionals, and others involved in implementing green schools. QA Graphics will present “Engaging Students in Energy Efficiency” in conjunction with Diane Dunnigan, science teacher from Marina Village Middle School.
Their presentation will demonstrate how to creatively engage students/faculty in energy conservation. Maintaining an energy-efficient school requires the sustained cooperation and effort of the building operations team, students and faculty members, so providing students with the opportunity to engage in the collection and analysis of energy data, as well as participating directly in the implementation of resource conservation measures, can motivate students to become environmental stewards. In order for students and staff to evaluate their efforts, however, timely feedback is needed on changes in daily energy consumption and water usage. Though a panel discussion, participants will learn creative ways to provide this real-time feedback and how to implement energy audit activities for students.
The session will provide information on how to integrate components of a Level 1 Energy Audit into core or enrichment curriculum, and demonstrate how interactive technology, specifically energy education dashboards, can communicate a school’s real-time energy or water usage in a way that’s easy for students to understand. Hands-on activities for measuring and analyzing energy consumption data will be discussed, as well as examples of student projects for developing and reporting energy/cost-
QA Graphics will share examples of how their Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard® has been implemented in K-12 schools, and how the interactive application illustrates building performance and provides education about sustainable features in place. The solution has been used by a number of schools obtaining USGBC® LEED® certification, and more recently, schools aligned with the mission of Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Learn more about the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard at http://www.qagraphics.com/
Other speakers will include leaders and experts from the worlds of policy, technology, design and practice. Strategies, best practices and results from effective green schools programs will be covered in sessions addressing innovative funding mechanisms for new schools or renovations, implementing energy and water efficiency programs, involving students in greening their schools and many others. In addition, the Summit will be held in conjunction with the Green California Community Colleges Summit, giving attendees access to additional education sessions and a larger Expo.
Learn more about the conference and register at http://www.green-
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About QA Graphics
QA Graphics is an innovative graphic development company specializing in graphic outsourcing for the building automation industry. The company is an industry leader in the design of BAS graphics, symbol libraries, HVAC graphic development, user interfaces, and the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard® used to educate about building performance and sustainable initiatives. QA Graphics also provides a comprehensive offering of interactive services including interactive content, 3D design/animation, multimedia and other creative solutions. Visit http://www.qagraphics.com to learn more.