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El Dorado Union HSD |  BP  3510  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Green School Operations   

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The Governing Board believes that everyone has a responsibility to be a steward of the environment and desires to integrate environmental accountability into all District programs and operations. The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies to promote District use of "green" school principles and practices in order to conserve natural resources, reduce the impact of District operations on the environment, and protect the health of students, staff, and community.

In developing such strategies and assessing the environmental conditions in District facilities and operations, the Superintendent or designee may involve staff at all levels and with varying job responsibilities, including administrators, certificated staff, and classified staff. As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee may also consult with health professionals; representatives of local governmental agencies, utilities, solid waste and recycling companies, and community organizations; and/or others with expertise.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committee)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 7131 - Relations with Local Agencies)

In selecting and prioritizing strategies, the Superintendent or designee shall give consideration to the long-term potential cost savings, initial costs, feasibility of implementation, quality and performance of the product or service, health impacts, environmental considerations, and potential educational value.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)

District strategies may include, but are not limited to:

1. Reducing energy and water consumption, and using renewable and clean energy technologies and alternatives when available.

(cf. 3511 - Energy and Water Management)

2. Establishing recycling programs in District facilities.

(cf. 3511.1 - Integrated Waste Management)

3. Reducing the consumption of disposable materials by reusing materials and by using electronic rather than paper communications when feasible.

4. Using environmentally preferable products and services whenever practical, including, but not limited to, products that:

a. Minimize environmental impacts, toxins, pollutants, odors, and hazards.

b. Contain postconsumer recycled content.

c. Are durable and long-lasting.

d. Conserve energy and water.

e. Reduce waste.

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 3514.1 - Hazardous Substances)

(cf. 5141.23 - Asthma Management)

5. Using least toxic, independently certified green cleaning products when feasible, as well as high-efficiency cleaning equipment that reduces the need to use chemicals.

6. Providing professional development to maintenance staff in the proper use, storage, and disposal of cleaning supplies.

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

7. Ensuring that any construction of new facilities complies with green building standards pursuant to 24 CCR 101.1-703.1, and focusing on sustainability and student health in the design and implementation of facilities modernization projects.

(cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan)

(cf. 7111 - Evaluating Existing Buildings)

(cf. 7150 - Site Selection and Development)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

8700-8707 Environmental Education

17070.96 Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1996, consideration of high performance standards

17072.35 New construction grants; use for designs and materials for high performance schools

17608-17614 Healthy Schools Act of 2000

32370-32376 Recycling paper

33541 Environmental education

101012 Kindergarten through 12th grade school facilities program

FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL CODE

13180-13188 Healthy Schools Act of 2000

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

114079 General food safety requirements; unused or returned food

PUBLIC CONTRACT CODE

12400-12404 Environmentally preferable purchasing

PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE

25410-25421 Energy conservation assistance

40050-40063 Integrated waste management act

42630-42647 Schoolsite source reduction and recycling

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

14010 Standards for school site selection

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 13

2480 Limitation to school bus idling and idling at schools

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 24

101.1-703.1 Green building standards

Management Resources

CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD PUBLICATIONS

School Bus Fleet Webinar, April 20, 2018

COLLABORATIVE FOR HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS PUBLICATIONS

CHPS Best Practices Manual, 2006

GLOBAL GREEN USA PUBLICATIONS

Healthier, Wealthier, Wiser: A Report on National Green Schools

GREEN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Green Schools Buying Guide

HEALTHY SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN PUBLICATIONS

The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, 2nd ed., 2008

WEBSITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Air Resources Board: http://www.arb.ca.gov

CDE General Services, Green California: http://www.green.ca.gov

California Energy Commission: http://www.energy.ca.gov

Collaborative for High Performance Schools: http://www.chps.net

Global Green USA: http://www.globalgreen.org

Green Schools Initiative: http://www.greenschools.net

Healthy Schools Campaign: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/gcs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov

U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Green Building Rating System: http://www.usgbc.org

Policy EL DORADO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 12, 2013 Placerville, California

revised: March 10, 2020