Apply for an EDspaces grant: Help schools enhance their learning environments

Published on: 
25 May 2016
Author: 
Jim McGarry

Across the country, there is a shift toward more efficient, healthier and greener schools, spurred in part by sustainable design and purchasing trends that shape today’s cutting-edge learning environments. One of the premier events for practitioners is EDspaces, the only international trade show and conference that gathers professionals who design, equip and manage learning environments, as well as the manufacturers and service providers who support their work. Attendees will be able to see and learn how healthier classrooms and more energy-efficient schools improve student performance, conserve resources and save money for school districts.

When: Nov. 2–4, 2016
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio

If you are a decision-maker at a school, college or university and involved in any part of the design, building or refurbishing of an educational institution, you may be eligible for an Educational Facility Grant to attend EDspaces. The grant includes hotel accommodations for up to three nights at an official EDspaces host hotel and full conference registration. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 27.

Apply for an Educational Facility Grant

The Center for Green Schools, along with esteemed architects from around the country, helped put together a robust education program that taps into Ohio’s commitment to sustainable building. Several sessions, including the opening plenary, will focus on the state’s master plan at the school and college level. Additionally, the Center for Green Schools is sponsoring the Thursday plenary, “The New Math of School Facilities: Equity, Education, and the Learning Environment” with a panel of distinguished speakers presenting new research findings.

The recent State of Our Schools: America’s K–12 Facilities Report estimated that the United States as a whole underinvests in school facilities by a staggering $46 billion annually. Although the need nationwide is great, the location of this year’s conference should be an inspiration to all attendees and the green schools community at large.

Ohio has one of the nation’s largest and most active public K–12 school rebuilding programs, making it the ideal location to showcase forward-thinking innovation. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and their public school partners are currently spending an average of $2 million dollars a day in school construction. It's no surprise then that Ohio leads the nation in the design and construction of LEED schools, with 365 registered projects and 249 LEED-certified school buildings to date.

EDspaces will also include tours of five exceptional schools, including the University of Cincinnati’s “starchitect” row of ambitious campus design programs. Schools will feature sustainability, creative design, innovative interiors and learning beyond four walls. And don’t miss out on the architect-led tours, which will include an educational component in a variety of learning environments, and is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education.

Registration is now open at www.ed-spaces.com. Please use the code "CGSB1" when registering.