SOURCE: School Safety Partners

Earth Day Rally - Johnson & Wales University, College of Business

March 26, 2010 06:38 ET

Earth Day Rally Planned in Denver for Safer Schools Worldwide

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) -  This year on Earth Day, world experts will gather with concerned citizens in Denver to focus on building new schools that can stand up to natural disasters and human conflict.

Those who attend will receive a Certificate of Training for Safe School Design, issued by Johnson & Wales University, College of Business. They will also be invited to join projects in the U.S. and abroad to gain hands-on experience.

The Earth Day Rally is part of the International School Safety Convention taking place at the university April 22-23, 2010.

The convention will provide two days of tuition-free sessions designed for all those interested in how new schools are built and how existing schools can be dramatically improved.

Online registration is now open for the event at www.EarthDayRally.org.

According to program co-chair Alan Ford, the convention will combine fast-paced sessions and high-energy networking. The goal is to open the school design process to more people.

"You might be sitting next to a school architect, a filmmaker, a first responder, a human rights activist, a lawmaker, a volunteer, an educator, or a community leader," Ford said.

"It takes a village to build a school," he said.

Speakers will cover Earth Day-related school issues such as daylight, clean air and water, indigenous building materials, protecting against natural hazards, and avoiding school construction nightmares that have hurt entire communities in the past.

In addition, noted presenters Michael Dorn, Randall Atlas, Dave Cullen, Brendan O'Malley, and others will explore how to protect schools from human violence, including Columbine-style shootings, gang infiltration, and targeted political and military violence against students and teachers.

Ford will serve as the editor of the convention's final report, "100 New Ideas for Creating Safer Schools for a Safer World." A school architect himself, Ford is the author of "Designing the Sustainable School," a widely-read compendium of ideas from architects and facility planners worldwide.

The International School Safety Convention is co-sponsored by the Foundation for the Prevention of School Violence, and by SchoolSAFE Communications. The program is organized by Denver-based School Safety Partners.

For more information and to register, visit www.EarthDayRally.org.

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