14-1002 v2.1/The Monarch School Living Building Challenge/Service in Lieu of Offset - Educational Mission

QUESTION

We are requesting an exception in regard to purchasing a land trust. Our project, The Monarch School outdoor learning studio, is at a private school for children with neurological differences. For over ten years, the school has been in a partnership with the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), which a proud member of Restore America’s Estuaries serving as a national alliance of 11 community-based organizations that preserve the nation’s network of estuaries by protecting and restoring the lands and waters essential to the richness. GBF is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and has adopted their Land Trust Standards and Practices.

Every year, students participate in the Get Hip to Habitat program, where students and teachers work with GBF to create a salt marsh wetland nursery on the school campus. GBF guides students and teachers in transplanting these grasses at carefully selected marsh restoration sites around Galveston Bay. Each year, students spend a total of 79 hours each per student in the program. These hours include a harvest trip (8 hours), estuary instruction (3 hours), monitoring and maintaining (2 hours / week for 30 weeks, totaling 60 hours) and restoration site planting (8 hours). In the 2013-2014 school year alone, 15 students participated for a total of 1,185 hours.

We feel that since the school has and continues to donate thousands of hours to this local restoration project, an exception to purchasing the land trust makes sense. It is more educational for the students to participate hands on and make the connection between their efforts and local habitat restoration, rather than having something that is out of site and out of mind. We are referencing the below exception for residential projects and asking that it may be applied to this project as well.

Please see further data and details supplied by the Monarch School.

From the Site Petal Handbook: I03-E2 12/2010 Single Family Residences
A minimum of 100 volunteer hours spent by the Owner during the project design, construction and/or occupancy period as a board member (or other leadership position) with an authorized Land Trust who is actively responsible for the purchase and/or permanent easement as well as ongoing stewardship of conservation tracts of land in excess of 100 acres is acceptable in lieu of a financial contribution.

Every year, students participate in the Get Hip to Habitat program, were students and teachers work with GBF to create a salt marsh wetland nursery on the school campus. GBF guides students and teachers in transplanting these grasses at carefully selected marsh restoration sites around Galveston Bay. Each year, students spend a total of 79 hours each per student in the program. These hours include a harvest trip (8 hours), estuary instruction (3 hours), monitoring and maintaining (2 hours / week for 30 weeks, totaling 60 hours) and restoration site planting (8 hours). In the 2013-2014 school year alone, 15 students participated for a total of 1,185 hours.

We feel that since the school has and continues to donate thousands of hours to this local restoration project, an exception to purchasing the land trust makes sense. It is more educational for the students to participate hands on and make the connection between their efforts and local habitat restoration, rather than having something that is out of site and out of mind. We are referencing the below exception for residential projects and asking that it may be applied to this project as well.

Please see further data and details supplied by the Monarch School.

From the Site Petal Handbook: I03-E2 12/2010 Single Family Residences

A minimum of 100 volunteer hours spent by the Owner during the project design, construction and/or occupancy period as a board member (or other leadership position) with an authorized Land Trust who is actively responsible for the purchase and/or permanent easement as well as ongoing stewardship of conservation tracts of land in excess of 100 acres is acceptable in lieu of a financial contribution.

A minimum of 100 volunteer hours spent by the Owner during the project design, construction and/or occupancy period as a board member (or other leadership position) with an authorized Land Trust who is actively responsible for the purchase and/or permanent easement as well as ongoing stewardship of conservation tracts of land in excess of 100 acres is acceptable in lieu of a financial contribution. https://ilbi.org/action/community/dialogue/site/imperative-three/5218676...

ANSWER

The Institute is creating a new exception to address this request:

Exception (v2.1) 103-E3 and (v3.0) I03-E4 Small Non-Profit Organizations

In lieu of a financial contribution, small non-profit organizations (non-profits) may volunteer a minimum of 200 hours with an Approved Land Trust during the project design, construction and performance period.

The number of required volunteers hours:

- Shall be the greater of 200 hours or 5 hours per full-time employee (FTE) of the non-profit.
- May be accumulated by immediate members of the non-profit community, including employees, board members or direct recipients of the non-profit's services (such as students or clients). 


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