The Green Strides Webinar Series: For All Schools Moving Toward the Pillars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series provides school communities the tools to reduce their schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. It provides all schools access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.

Sign up for Green Strides Webinar Series email updates to receive information on future webinars. All times are given as Eastern Standard. View archived webinars here.

December 2, 2014, 2:00 -3:30 p.m. ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems (EPA)

Register here. During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

December 3, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades (EPA)

Register here. Looking for a resource to help you protect indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health during energy efficiency upgrades in your school or district? EPA has a new resource to help. Join this session to learn about the Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades.

December 3, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

Register here. Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update properly data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

December 3, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Summer Meals: SFSP 101 and How to Be a Summer Meals Champion (USDA/FNS)

Register here. Learn the summer food Service Program (SFSP) basics, frequent asked questions, and the steps to make your program a success!

December 4, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR (EPA)

Register here. Join us to learn about applying for ENGERY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

December 10, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Services: February 2015 Schema Changes (EPA)

Register here. Join us to learn about upcoming updates to the Portfolio Manager web services application programming interface (API) and associated schemas. These updates are set to go live in February 2015 (and available in the Beta Test environment starting December 10, 2014. During this session, EPA will provide details on the specific schema elements that are being added or changed. As part of the webinar, EPA will also provide a look at some of the other upcoming features to be released in Portfolio Manager.

December 11, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Benchmarking Mixed Use Properties (EPA)

Register here. Portfolio Manager “Office Hours” is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

December 16, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Bed Bugs in Schools (EPA)

Register here. Bed bugs continue to show up in schools across the nation. Their arrival can cause headaches for everyone from the administration to the nurse and facility manager. This presentation discusses the challenges bed bugs present and your important role in protecting the students and staff. Bed bugs are uniquely different from most indoor pests. Few pests evoke such strong emotional responses and present such a management challenge. Successful bed bug management requires a proactive strategy and begins by engaging and educating the entire school community on how to recognize and stop them.

January 14, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Summer Meals: Funding and Grant Opportunities (USDA/FNS)

Register here. Have access to the great alternatives available to fund your Summer Meals Program, application process, and important deadlines.

January 22, 2015, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Summer Meals: Engaging Tribal Organizations (USDA/FNS)

Register here. Learn how your Tribal Organizations and communities can be involved in the Summer Meals Program.

January 27, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Summer Meals: Explore the New Summer Meals Toolkit (USDA/FNS)

Register here. Navigate with us the updated Summer Meals Toolkit! We will help you identify policy, memos, and resources that will complement your summer Meals efforts.

All times are given as Eastern Standard

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