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Class in Session: What#s New in Green Schools

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Offered by Hanley Wood, LLC
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In the midst of the flurry of school rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, one of the project managers working with Jacobs/CSRS and the Recovery School District in New Orleans snapped a photo on opening day 2009 (figure 1). It#s a little off-center, a little blurry, but it is hard to ignore the look of wonder on a young girl#s face as she takes her first steps into her new, LEED Silver certified elementary school. At their root, green schools are about this expression of wonder. We communicate value and worth to our children in the quality of the facilities we design and build for them.

Taken broadly, the concept of a green school is not anew one. Since the late nineteenth century, designers and educational professionals have debated the best way to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a school while providing the optimal conditions for learning. What is new, of course, is the impact of new building and classroom technologies on the learning environment and on our ability to make comfortable, healthy spaces that have a reduced impact on the earth and natural resources. Through a deeper understanding of the landscape of the current green schools movement, design professionals can use new strategies and technologies to even more powerful effect in positively transforming school learning environments.

Objectives

- Understand critical aspects of the current financial
and political state of the nation#s schools
# Explain key strategies related to energy efficiency
in schools
# Examine two new and innovative ideas in green
school design
# Identify several pathways toadvocate for and
act toward green schools in local communities

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