Wednesday Wake Up - October 26

Environmental Features in Science Campus Plans

If Cornell University were to win the city’s competition to build a new science graduate school, it would install on Roosevelt Island almost four acres of solar panels, 500 geothermal wells, and buildings with the rare distinction of generating as much power as they use.

Stanford University’s proposal for the island calls for minimizing energy use, creating a marsh to filter water, and recycling water from storm runoff and sinks, and possibly from toilets as well. READ MORE

NY Schools Seek Energy, Cost Savings

Two New York school boards -- Cambridge Central and Hoosick Falls Central -- are looking to energy efficiency solutions as a way to cut costs and generate revenue.

Last week, the Cambridge Central School Board of Education heard from an associate of its architectural firm on the topic of "energy performance projects" -- improvements made to the building facility that are paid for through future efficiency savings, resulting in no out-of-pocket expense to the school district. READ MORE

SED Launches Dignity For AII Students Act Website

The New York State Dignity For All Students Act (Dignity Act) - Article 2 of State Education Law, takes effect on July 1, 2012. To assist schools in implementing the Dignity Act, the Dignity Act Task Force and five Work Groups were established with the goal of developing guidance materials, proposed amendments to regulations, and outreach resources for schools. SBGA Immediate Past President Bill Blosser, CDF (Monroe-Woodbury CSD) represents SBGA on this Task Force.

A key resource is now available for your use and reference. The Dignity Act web site includes a brochure, fact sheets and more. Additional information on the Dignity Act will be posted as it becomes available. Please direct specific questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions regarding the Dignity Act please contact Laura Sahr at (518) 486-6090.