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February 27-29, 2012 
Denver, Colorado

Don’t miss the Green Schools National Conference, the only national gathering of K-12 leaders and educators coming together to make their schools and districts green and healthy centers of academic excellence. Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, and proponent of the US Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program is the keynote speaker, and our own Bill Orr is a featured speaker. CHPS is a proud supporter of this unique conference, and we have a special discount for our community members: get a  20% discount just for being a part of the CHPS community. Simply enter "chps" in the discount code field. 

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In the spotlight

Hawaii Says Aloha to High Performance Schools

Stakeholders invited to participate in public review of new high performance school building rating program for Hawaii

HI-CHPS CriteriaJanuary 3, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is asking stakeholders to give feedback on a new assessment tool for healthy, environmentally sustainable schools in Hawaii. The Hawaii CHPS Criteria (HI-CHPS) creates a standard for the design and construction of high performance school buildings specific to the building owners, climate, and needs of K-12 schools in Hawaii. 

"CHPS is excited to offer a new high performance school resource to the state of Hawaii, one of the most climatically and ecologically diverse states in the union. Hawaii is a perfect example of how state-based green school resources can better respond to the needs of our stakeholders,” said Jim Ogden of 3QC, Inc. and Chair of the Technical Committee of CHPS. "We invite all of the K-12 design and building community to participate in making this tool the best it can be by submitting comments during the public review period.”

“We are pleased to offer a criteria document that can help guide the process of achieving and maintaining healthy and sustainable learning environments for our schools, both old and new,” said Randolph G. Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Office of School Facilities and Support Services, Department of Education, State of Hawaii. “This document has been created for the unique environment that is Hawaii, with the input of our local educational, design and construction communities.”

The HI-CHPS Criteria can be downloaded and commented on by visiting: This is the first public review period, lasting 45 days, and comments are due by February 17, 2012. Hawaii schools will be able to use begin using HI-CHPS after the public review period has been completed and the HI-CHPS Criteria is approved by the CHPS Board of Directors.

Read descriptions of the new prerequisites and credits that the HI-CHPS advisory committee developed to complement Hawaii's unique climate in the complete press release»



CHPS Criteria Interpretation Library Now Available Online

As CHPS has grown over the last ten years, so have the diversity and complexity of the projects using the CHPS Criteria. To streamline the exchange of information, as well as increase transparency, we will now publish all Criteria Interpretations into our online Criteria Interpretation Library

Interpretations will be listed by category, and prerequisite or credit code. The editions of the Criteria to which the interpretation applies are also listed.

The library will be updated as these Criteria Interpretations are released by the CHPS Technical Committee. You can submit a request for a CHPS Criteria Interpretation here.  


Participate in Public Review of Operations Report Card (ORC) Waste and Water Modules 

Comments accepted until January 15, 2012

CHPS, in partnership with Global Green USA, is updating the CHPS Operations Report Card to include new modules for Waste Reduction and Water Conservation. We invite the public to comment on the document available here. It includes the data that will be collected from schools, the mechanisms to collect that data, and the scoring rubric to create a score based on the result of the investigation. The public review is intended for the CHPS community to provide feedback on this document. The public review is open until 1/15/12.

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