Common Issues: Curriculum descriptions are provided but do not include any specific examples of how the green building features of the school itself have been integrated into the curriculum. Sometimes curriculum examples are provided but include general environmental lessons, rather than specifically addressing and the interaction between human ecology (the occupants), natural ecology (the environment) and the building. Addressing this interaction in lesson plans, learning objectives, and curriculum examples is key in going beyond a standard environmental topic, and meeting the credit intent.
Suggestions: When providing the coursework descriptions or samples of the curriculum, ensure that they demonstrate how the high-performance features of the building are incorporated into the lessons, and how the lessons address the intersection of human ecology, natural ecology, and the building.
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