Sunday, November 8, 2009
This month we'll be gathering at the White Owl on Cherry St at 5:30 on November 11. We'll listen to guest speaker Les Pace, from the Oklahoma Green Schools Committee http://okgreenschools.org/index.php, give a brief presentation on the newly installed wind turbine at the HelmZar Challenge Course, a Tulsa Public Schools Property. The 30 ft tall turbine generates 10 amps, enough to power the lights in the classroom at the facility.
A recent study from the American Institute of Architechts (AIA), along with several other groups, found the following conlcusions:
-Greening school design provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning
-Some green schools are built on the same budget as conventional schools.
-Market-wide energy cost savings represent an important benefit often not included in energy efficiency financial analyses.
-There is a large body of research linking health and productivity with specific building design attributes.
-17 separate studies all found positive health impacts from improved indoor air quality, ranging from 13.5% up to 87% improvement.
-Good lighting “improves tests scores, reduces off-task behavior, and plays a significant role in the achievement of students.
-Greening school design is extraordinarily cost-effective compared with other available measures to enhance student performance.
-A recent review of five separate studies found an average asthmas reduction of 38.5% in buildings with improved air quality.
-Greening public schools creates an opportunity to improve the health and educational settings for all students.
-The financial benefits of greening schools are about $70 per ft2, more than 20 times as high as the cost of going green.
-Greening schools today is extremely cost-effective, and represents a fiscally far better design choice.
This will be a great opportunity to learn about the initiatives in Green Country that are bringing sustainability to our community and future generations. Join us for drinks, networking, and fun.
There was a great turnout last month. Up With Trees recruited new volunteers and Tulsans were able to learn more about UWT, Sustainable Green Country, & the US Green Building Council while free pizza and wine were enjoyed by all. If you weren't able to join, but would still like to acquire FREE, that's right FREE, trees for your business, non profit, or personal property, contact Up With Trees today!! http://www.upwithtrees.org A HUGE thank you to Joe Mommas for the donation!!
Lastly, look for updates from December and January as we have exciting events at the Pearl Art Gallery and Phillbrook. Stay tuned!!