Category Archives: Educational

Energy & Sustainability Conference: January 2013

VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted the Energy and Sustainability Conference in January 2013. The two-day event was organized by Virginia Sustainable Building Network and James River Green Building Council. More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they’re adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

Click here to view the archived event website.
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4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

The 4th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference was held October 22, 2009, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Highlights included

  • updates of Climate Action Plans at Virginia universities and colleges;
  • best practices in Green design and campus operations;
  • how universities and community colleges are tackling Green curricula that lead to Green jobs;
  • a tour of the LEED Platinum Rice Center and other Green projects of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Presentations from this full-day event are available below.
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Greening Virginia’s K-12 Schools: A Case Study of Current Initiatives (2008)

Greening Virginia's K-12 SchoolsIn an effort to disseminate information about sustainability programs in Virginia’s K-12 schools, VSBN gathered information from a sampling of school districts and created a report that is available as a resource on this website.

Greening Virginia’s K-12 Schools: A Case Study of Current Initiatives is based on a survey conducted during the Summer of 2008; all responses to the survey are included.
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Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

Green Building Benefits in the Commercial MarketplaceVSBN organized the Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges on October 26, 2007, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hosted by the University of Virginia, this event featured best practices in campus design, Green buildings, facility operations, and campus sustainability initiatives. Documents and PowerPoint presentations from this event are listed below.

Also available is Greening Virginia Colleges and Universities—A Report on Progress. This report of greening initiatives at select institutions of higher learning in Virginia was compiled with cooperation from the universities and colleges included in the report.
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Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

Greening Virginia Universities and CollegesGreening Virginia Universities and Colleges was held September 26, 2006, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This one-day conference focused on best practices in green school design, energy management, and renewable technology, as well as green curriculum and sustainable planning. With guest speaker David Orr, Program Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College.

The event was co-sponsored by VSBN, James Madison University, VA DMME, Virginia Sustainable Future Forum, APPA, AASHE, SCUP, SACUBO, and others.

Presentations from the event are available below.
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VSBN’s 2006 Annual Meeting

Global Change, Local SolutionsGlobal Change, Local Solutions was the theme of VSBN’s 11th Annual Meeting, held on June 9, 2006 in Charlottesville, Virginia. This event included presentation of the Virginia Green Innovation Awards, local speakers on Sustainable Community and Business Initiatives, a Reception and Artivision Art Show, an evening concert by John McCutcheon, and a Green Building Construction Tour of the LEED®-Registered Charlottesville Transit Center Building.

Presentations from this event are available below.
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High Performance Schools: A Regional and International Perspective (2006)

High Performance Schools SymposiumHigh Performance Schools: A Regional and International Perspective, was co-sponsored by VSBN and held in Washington, DC on April 24, 2006. Event features included Regional Best Practices, the Winners of the Montgomery County, MD and USGBC-NCR Emerging Green Builders Portable Classroom Design Challenge, and special evening speaker, Stefan Behnisch. Cosponsors included AIA-Northern VA, CEFPI Foundation and Charitable Trust, Metro Washington COG, Montgomery County, MD Public Schools, US DOE, U.S. EPA, and Emerging Green Builders (USGBC-NCR).

Presentations from this event are available below.
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Virginia’s Sustainable Future Summit 3

Virginia's Sustainable Future Summit 3Virginia’s Sustainable Future Summit 3 was held September 13-14, 2005 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Organized by VSBN, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Manufacturers Association, VA Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, and other public and private partners, this event featured workshops, a high-performance schools session, plenary speakers, and a green building tour.

Presentations from this event are available below.
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