School Business Affairs July-August 2019

42 JULY/AUGUST 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS tools and resources Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials COMPUINFOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Saving Money, Preparing Principals, Promoting Nutrition, and More Considering Solar Education institutions account for 11% of total U.S. building electricity consump- tion and 14% of building floorspace. These buildings also contribute to approxi- mately 4% of total U.S. CO 2 emissions, thus playing a potentially important role in climate mitigation strategies. While the potential for solar photovoltaic (PV) to reduce the health, environmental, and climate change damages associated with the production of electricity from fossil fuel sources has been widely studied in the resi- dential and commercial sectors, the potential in education facilities has not. Authors of a study published in Envi- ronmental Resources Letters estimate that solar PV in U.S. educational institutions could meet 75% of these buildings’ current electricity consumption. They contend that the provision of electricity services from rooftop solar PV on educational institutions could reduce health, environmental, and climate change damages by roughly $4 bil- lion per year. Read the study at https://iopscience.iop . org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aafbcf/meta Principal Preparation How are universities and local school dis- tricts working together to better prepare principals for the rigors of the job? The Wal- lace Foundation released a four-part video series, Principal Preparation: A Roadmap for Reform, exploring why and how. The videos are based on lessons from Launching a Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs: Partners Collaborate for Change , a 2018 report from the RAND Corporation on the first year of a Wallace initiative to support seven sites across the nation as they rethink principal preparation. View the videos at www.wallacefounda- series.aspx