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Visit the green schools of Greenbuild Nation

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This article was originally posted on the Delaware Valley Green Building Council blog. Read the article.

Four innovative green schools tours will be offered in Philadelphia from Nov. 18-23. Even if you're not joining us for Greenbuild this year, you can register for these exciting tours to see great regional projects and get CEU's.

Whether you are interested in K-12 or higher education, curriculum or storm water management, urban or suburban environments there is something for every green school advocate on the 2013 Greenbuild tour schedule this year. So, grab a couple of friends, colleagues or someone you think could simply use a good dose of inspiration and register for one or more of these terrific tours.

  1. TM04: Campus as Curriculum – A Teaching Tool at Any Age: College and K-12 Campus Tours, Monday, Nov. 18, 2-6 PM
    Villanova’s Stormwater Management program and Philadelphia University’s Masters in Sustainable Design aren’t just excellent curricula; they have been paired with sustainability commitments on the buildings and operations levels as well. Penn Charter and Germantown Friends Schools, both K-12 Private Institutions are also leaders in incorporating their sustainable built environments into their teaching curricula. The first stop on the tour will be Villanova University where participants will learn about the campus stormwater and sustainable research, multiple LEED Buildings, and sustainable food service operations. At Philadelphia University a multimedia overview of the innovative curriculum will be presented followed by live rotating sessions with students, faculty, and building engineers. A highlight of the tour will be the stop at Penn Charter’s Kurtz Performing Arts Center, which is a Philadelphia Quaker institution showing how sustainability is a natural fit with their core beliefs and how a building project can teach sustainable living practices. The final stop will be Germantown Friends School’s Sustainable Urban Science Center where sustainable building initiatives are incorporated into the science curriculum with the on-line and on-site building monitoring system.

  2. TM05/TS03: Majoring in Minimum Impact: The University of Pennsylvania Master Plan, Monday, Nov. 18, 2-6 PM and Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 AM-12 PM
    The University of Pennsylvania is a top-tier institution founded by Benjamin Franklin. It is now the region’s largest employer, and a major force in the University City District. Penn is also one of the region's largest users of energy and resources. This trolley/walking tour will demonstrate how planners are reducing the University’s environmental impact and operating costs while inspiring sustainably-minded students. Strategic stewardship has transformed brownfield sites into playing fields, renovated historic structures into state-of-art learning centers and revitalized the surrounding community with safe streets. Green cleaning, stormwater management, chilled beams, healthy interiors and world-class design complement the fabric of this 302-acre urban campus. The Music School renovation, the Wharton School addition, Penn Park, Shoemaker Green and the Annenberg Policy Center are just a few of the LEED projects that will be viewed on the walking tour of this venerable Ivy League school of 24,725 students.

  3. TF09: The ABC’s of LEED: Achieving High Performance in Urban School Districts, Friday, Nov. 22, 2-6 PM
    The ABC’s of sustainability are being exhibited in different ways throughout the Philadelphia School District, which for ten years has been a national leader in sustainability for both new and existing buildings. Visit three very different schools in neighborhoods that represent all of the challenges and opportunities facing most urban school districts. our stops include: 1) Cook Wissahickon School, where tour participants will see a unique stormwater management program, a variety of native plants and sustainability education thru their Green Apple Day of Service; 2) Greenfield Elementary where they will effectively communicate how teachers and staff can use sustainable building features as teaching tools, using examples employed at Greenfield; and 3) Thurgood Marshall School where tour participants will understand the planning, financing and implementation process involved with greening an existing school that has achieved LEED EB.

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