Green Schools Teach Green Lessons

By Daniel Woodside

Sustainability is no longer purely an architectural concept in the design of contemporary K-12 school buildings. It has evolved into a sophisticated educational tool supporting specific curricula for students at many different levels.

Numerous sustainable technologies are being used in schools, ranging from geothermal, ice storage, and heat recovery systems to photovoltaics and daylighting. Each has the potential to be incorporated into school curricula. The challenge for school facilities managers is to include this technology in a way that students can observe it at work and collect data from it for class discussion.

You can ask your architect for programs he or she has seen work, or make up your own by assessing how your facility can educate your students. Find the educational tools in your school building and grounds and create lesson plans based on how your building functions.

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