Rocky Mountain Chapter

The geographical area served consists of the State of Colorado and Wyoming.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Carla Cummins

Tour & Presentation

October 10, 2019
3:30 – 7:00 PM
Chinook Trail Middle School
9750 Grand Lawn Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80924

Chinook Trail
The school is the first new stand-alone middle school for Academy District 20 in over 20 years and was the largest project in the 2016 bond. Through a community design workshop process, it was determined that the building should focus on project based learning, student wellness and connections to nature. The building was designed utilizing WELL Building criteria with an emphasis on healthy and positive spaces. Utilizing the middle school team concept, classroom clusters are built around project-based learning labs that offer opportunities for teaming, collaboration and small group work.

Joining us for networking, presentation about incorporating Project Based Learning and Design Thinking into school curriculum.


3:30 – 4:00 PM Arrive and network
4:00 – 5:00 PM Presentation by Tom Andrews the principal at Chinook Trails focused on his research into Project Based Learning, Design Thinking and how he has interwoven those into curriculum for the school. Also available to be a part of that conversation is Henry Reitwiesner from Academy 20, Brian Calhoun from RTA and Jack Mousseau from MOA.
5:00 – 6:30 PM Tour of the facility with Tom, Academy 20, MOA, RTA and Bryan Construction.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $10


Thank you to our Sponsors!
Bryan Construction RTA Architects

Green Schools Summit

Green Schools Summit
November 7-8, 2019
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

A4LE is thrilled to support this year's Green Schools Summit, taking place on November 7th and 8th. The Green Schools Summit is the USGBC Mountain Region's only conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision makers, educators and parents to further advance healthy, safe and sustainable schools statewide. The annual education and networking event, hosted by USGBC Colorado and organized in partnership with volunteers from the Green Schools Initiative, provides a unique opportunity to discuss how we can create better learning environments for students.

Click here to learn more about the program and schedule.

USGBC is also excited to announce their keynote speakers:

Ralph DiNola Ralph DiNola, CEO New Buildings Institute
Ralph has dedicated his professional life to bringing sustainability, green building and energy efficiency innovation to scale. For more than 20 years he has served as a consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects. He has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. Ralph has a bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and a Master's Degree in Architecture from University of Oregon.
Hunter Lovins Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of National Capitalism Solutions
L. Hunter Lovins, is the President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non-profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies.

Registration is open!


Energy Savings for Schools Program

Energy Resources for Rural Schools
Ideas. Support. Savings.
FREE On-site energy and water audits from a team of experts
FREE Evaluation of renewable energy opportunities
FREE Technical support and energy coaching
FREE Implementation support and help identifying existing funding and financing options to get projects completed
FREE Recognition for your school's efforts and opportunities to engage students

Why your school should participate in the Program:
  • Reap tangible energy, water, and cost savings
  • Easy and seamless with minimal school staff requirements
  • Benefit from one-stop-shop services customized for rural schools to get projects implemented
  • Build your energy management knowledge by connecting and exchanging ideas with peer schools
  • Improve your school's learning environment with better lighting, heating, and cooling
  • Be recognized for your efforts and share your story with your community and beyond

Click here for FAQs about the program.

Learn more today! Getting started is easy. To learn more contact the program manager, Susan Blythe.
970.207.0058 ext: 310

2019 Design Awards

Call for Entries

As a leader in the field of educational facilities planning in the Rocky Mountain Chapter Area, you are invited to participate in the annual Chapter Awards Program of School Planning, Architecture and Individual Achievement. For complete details and to register, please click here.

Application Form & Payment Deadline: October 10

Submittal Package: November 7 by 5 PM

Chapter Newsletter

September 2019

Upcoming Events

October 10, 2019
Tour & Presentation
Chinook Trail Middle School

November 8, 2019
Green Schools Conference

December 11, 2019
Holiday Exhibition & Awards Party

Rocky Mountain Chapter President's Award

The Chapter has renamed the President's Award after the late Bob Matschulat. Bob was an esteemed member of the Association and the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

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ALEP / Certificate Programs


Comprehensive industry education: ALEP, Advanced Academy and Vibrant Learning Environments


LEsolutions Online Awards


Visit our showcase of past online entry submissions


LearningSCAPES 2019


October 3-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA