Green Technology magazine, alongside partners Gen7 and Panasonic, honored a number of institutions leading the way in sustainability at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena earlier this month. The event celebrated a variety of green and sustainable projects and facilities across the state on both the community college and school level.
The two-day Green California Schools Conference kicks off in Pasadena Nov. 5, bringing together teachers, administrators, architects, engineers, facility managers and others to share knowledge about a variety of sustainability issues facing the state’s schools and universities.
Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, designed by STR Partners and built by F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen & Associates, both of Chicago, recently received LEED Platinum certification. This distinction makes it the first building in the Chicago Public Schools system, as well as the first new school in the city, to achieve the status.
When it opens in the fall of 2015, Springfield’s Sherwood Elementary will likely set the standard for new school construction in the city. Designed in a flexible and energy-efficient manner, the school will also be the first in the district to house a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club.
As schools and universities continue to invest in green building, a report from McGraw-Hill Construction shows that there are more than just environmental factors behind the decision. McGraw-Hill’s New & Retrofit Green Schools study cites social and financial benefits as key reasons behind green building initiatives in the education sector.
The Center of Energy Efficient Design (CEED) in Rocky Mount, Va., is the first public school to use the energy-efficient Passivhaus technology, which has enabled it to use 68 percent less energy than conventional schools.