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Dunbarton High School Named Greenest School on Earth

Congratulations to Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, for earning the title of the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. This annual competition, sponsored by the Global Coalition for Green Schools (an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC), recognizes a K-12 school for achievement in its environmental impact, human health and ecoliteracy.

I was honored to be one of the judges for the competition and amazed at what these schools are doing to make a difference in their school and the world. Choosing a single winner was extremely difficult. While reviewing submissions, the jury discovered so many incredible things being done around the world. Dunbarton emerged the winner because of its success meeting each of the three pillars of the competition.

Because the buildings were built in the 1960s, the school focused its efforts to reduce environmental impact on inexpensive retrofits (paid by fundraising efforts from the Environmental Club) and behavioral changes that involve students, teachers, faculty, staff, and the community. I love the fact that the school plans to spend a portion of the prize money on a garden that will be 20% for its own use and 80% for the local food bank.

For the human health component, the school is looking long-term, with a seven-year campus biodiversity program to provide trees to shade an outdoor classroom. The commitment to health continues with providing nutritious options in the cafeteria and vending machines, as well as water fountains with reusable water bottles.

One of the initiatives that separated Dunbarton from the rest is how it’s addressing the remaining pillar – ecoliteracy. Students take what they learn and apply it to their school. For example, science classes monitor school and campus air quality, local stream water quality and school electricity use. The students then use this data to create a conservation plan.

Congratulations Environmental Council

​Pickering Area Trustee Chris Braney congratulating the Environmental Council on their award – Greenest School on Earth.

Seeing the resourceful leadership that went into these entries reinforces our sense of pride in being a partner with the Center for Green Schools. To support the Center and their initiatives, including the Greenest School on Earth competition, go to centerforgreenschools.org and check out Shaw Contract Group’s Cut & Compose collection, 3 tile and 2 broadloom styles for which we are donating 1.5% of the proceeds to the Center for Green Schools.

 

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Taking Shape: Education carpet collection nods to Matisse

The concept of cutting shapes and elements may seem juvenile, but painter Henri Matisse did so in a way that a new art form was born. The French painter shifted to the world of cut-outs as chronic illness diminished his ability to work the paintbrush. By cutting and creating, the artist was truly taking the idea of form back to it’s roots. His creations varied from simple to abstract, while playing with varying color, contrast, shapes and sizes.

“The Parakeet and the Mermaid” (1952), gouache on paper, cut and pasted, and charcoal on white paper, by Henri Matisse.

This same concept is reflected in Shaw Contract Group’s new education collection Cut & Compose, as abstract elements are cut, rotated, deconstructed and composed to form the graphic aesthetic found in these designs. Through this collection, learning environments are transformed into motivational spaces and a bold statement is made.

Read more about this collection and its contribution to the environment here, and learn how these products support the Green Apple Initiative at the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools.

 

 

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Where we learn matters: Cut & Compose collection making a difference

All students should have the opportunity to attend a green school, and with the help of Shaw Contract Group’s new education collection, we can help make this a reality.

Cut & Compose brings bold, typographic design to interiors, while supporting the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council in its mission to create green schools for everyone within this generation. 1.5% of all sales from this collection will go to the Green Apple initiative to transform educational spaces into healthier, safer, more sustainable learning environments. Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools said, “We are excited to work with Shaw Contract Group to advance the message that where our children learn matters.”

Cut & Compose supports USGBC's Center for Green Schools' Green Apple Day of Service by driving awareness and   donating 1.5% of all sales of the product to the Center for Green Schools.

Cut & Compose supports USGBC’s Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service by driving awareness and donating 1.5% of all sales from this collection to the Center for Green Schools.

Read more about this collection at usgbc.org here  and at centerforgreenschools.org here.

 

 

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