Project Info

Size168,821 sq ft
The Rochester School campus was designed to facilitate learning and provide optimal lighting, air quality, sound insulation, landscaping as well as responsible use of water and energy, making the school a living textbook.
Sustainability that transcends. Rochester School: a sustainable campus for the education of systems citizens. Rochester School, on the basis of its pillars: healthy and sustainable environments, useful learning for life and the world, and education on internal responsibility for happiness and success, demonstrated, since 2010, the need to have an infrastructure that would allow it to provide its community with an education on sustainability. The current site was designed and built in accordance with the LEED certification system for Schools, Version 3. Rochester School started operation of the new site in 2012, obtaining a score of 64 points, which led to the LEED Gold certification in 2014. The commitment to report its performance indicators in operation and maintenance allowed Rochester School to obtain 78 points, which, in turn, led to the LEED Gold recertification, version 4.1, on July, 2019, thus becoming the first Project in Latin America to be recertified in this modality. The process was led by the Sustainability Team, with the support of the Infrastructure Management team and the Rochester community in general. Initially, the Project was generated in the Energy Star Portfolio Platform, including all the information from the beginning of the operation in 2012, in order to conduct follow-up on the performance in energy consumption, in situ generation and water efficiency. Synchronization of the information between this platform and Arc, as well as the creation of the complementary information, was conducted in accordance with the indications of the GBCI. Cooperation of the students and staff in general, in addition to the proper use of the physical plant, contributed to the evaluation of the “Human Experience”, by completing the respective survey on satisfaction with respect to “their school”, as well as their means of transport. Such survey was sent from the Arc platform to the electronic mails of all students, teachers and directors. Together with the Sustainability Team, complementation of the surveys was verified. The results of the survey showed a high level of satisfaction of users with respect to indoor areas, specially indoor air quality, daylight, indoor lighting and views to outdoors. Rochester School, over its 60 years of operation, has received several national and international awards and recognitions, highlighting its physical plant, its performance and its academic and environmental practices. Such awards and recognitions include, amongst others: “Simón Bolivar” Medal on three occasions, Certification of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) 4 Stars (2019), Member of Council of International Schools (CIS) 2019, “Glasser Quality School” Certification granted by William Glasser International, “Character Counts” Certification, Environmental Award by Caracol (2017), BIBO Award - El Espectador as Best Environmental Practice (2014 y 2015), Member of the Association of International Schools of Colombia (UNCOLI). Since 2012, Rochester School has led the organization of the Green Apple Day of Service event, developing academic activities with other educational institutions, the government sector of the Municipality of Chía and private entities, carrying out activities for the benefit of the community, by planting more than 1000 native species of trees in different areas of the municipality, cleaning the nearby areas, and providing training in sustainability topics. Social responsibility, as part of the sustainability pillar, is one of the main commitments of Rochester School, with its “English for Fusca” program, the objective of which is to teach English as a Second Language, to students of low income families from a public school in the Municipality of Chía, as well as other social programs. In addition to the LEED certified physical plant, the environmental responsibility of Rochester School is reflected in institutional biodiversity conservation projects, supporting initiatives of education and protection of endemic species related to ecosystems with a certain degree of vulnerability and of major importance for Colombia. The projects “Conservation of the Chingaza Moorland with the Andean Bear” and “Cotton-Top Tamarins – Dry Tropical Forest” are based on the study and conservation of the endemic species representative of these ecosystems, thus strengthening conservation learning in students. The benefits of being a school with a high level of performance in sustainability are made evident not only in the day to day experiences of the users, facilitating coexistence and the experience of learning about sustainability with the strategies implemented, but also in the fact that the community has been able to transform their regular habits into habits which generate less impact on the surroundings. In view of the above, Rochester School has become a reference for educational and government institutions, associations and interested parties from other countries who come visit the school, thus complying with its purpose of becoming a live classroom for learning and an educational tool which contributes to the education of new generations aware of the need to become sustainable and systems citizens. Understanding the national and global need for a transition towards recognition and awareness of environmental problems, even more for generations who face in the near future the impact of Climate Change and the challenges to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, Rochester School sets new standards, thus promoting transformation of our society with citizens who take charge of their lives, always with the world in mind.
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