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Orinda Union SD |  BP  3510  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Green School Operations   

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The Board of Trustees believes that everyone has a responsibility to be stewards of the environment and desires to integrate environmental accountability into all district 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 the community.

In developing such strategies and assessing the environmental conditions in district facilities and operations, the Superintendent or designee shall 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 Committees)

(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 long-term potential cost savings, initial costs, feasibility of implementation, quality and performance of the product or service, health impacts, and environmental consideration and potential educational value.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)

Such strategies may include, but not be limited to:

1. Reducing energy and water consumption and exploring 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. Using effective, least toxic pest management practices for the control and management of pests

(cf. 3514.2 - Integrated Pest Management)

8. 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)

9. Reducing vehicle emissions by:

a. Encouraging students to walk or bicycle to school or use district or public transportation

b. Encouraging companies with which the district contracts for bus services to use reduced or zero emission school buses and vehicles.

c. Encouraging companies with which the district contracts for bus services to limit unnecessary idling of school buses in accordance with 13 CCR 2480

d. Limiting unnecessary idling of personal vehicles by encouraging parents/guardians, through signage or other means of communication, to turn off their vehicles when parked on and around school grounds

(cf. 5142.2 - Safe Routes to School Program)

10. Implementing green school practices in the district's food service programs by:

a. Providing fresh, unprocessed, organic food in the district's food services program

b. Reducing food packaging and using packaging that is recyclable and/or biodegradable

c. Utilizing reusable products

d. Encouraging zero-waste lunches when food is brought from home

e. Maintaining a system for food waste, such as composting

f. Providing sharing tables where unused cafeteria food items may, in accordance with Health and Safety Code 114079, be returned for student use or donated to a food bank or other nonprofit charitable organization

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 3551 - Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund)

11. Integrating green school practices and activities into the educational program by providing instruction to students on the importance of the environment, involving students in the implementation and evaluation of green school activities and projects as appropriate, and utilizing green school activities and projects as learning tools

(cf. 6142.5 - Environmental Education)

(cf. 0110 - District Nature Area)

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

101012 Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, allocations PUBLIC CONTRACT CODE

12400-12404 Environmentally preferable purchasing

PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE

25410-25421 Energy conservation assistance

40050-40063 Integrated waste management act

42630-42647 School site source reduction and recycling

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 2

1859.70.4 Funding for high performance incentive grants

1859.71.6 Additional grant for high performance incentive, new construction

1859.77.4 Additional grants for high performance incentive, site and modernization

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

Green Schools: An Overview of Key Policy Issues, Policy Brief, August 2009

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES PUBLICATIONS

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Best Practices Manual

COLLABORATIVE FOR HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS PUBLICATIONS

CHPS Best Practices Manual

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

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

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

California Department of 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 ORINDA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: March 11, 2019 Orinda, California

revised: June 10, 2019