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Sidwell Friends School, Anatomy of a Green School

Sidwell Friends School

The Sidwell Friends School is the first LEED Platinum-rated K-12 school in the world, but what's incredible is the story behind it.  First, it's a renovation of a fifty year old facility.  Second, the renovation involved the students, so everyone was able to participate and learn about the benefits of a green building.  Matter of fact, about sixteen 5th - 8th graders studied the building, wrote about its benefits, and recorded an audio feature explaining each green feature.  Feel free to take the green building tour to learn about low-VOC materials, CO2 monitoring, natural light, native plants, the green roof and biology pond, photovoltaic panels, a heat recovery wheel, vertical solar fins, and the settling tank, etc.  This is quite the impressive interactive visual/audio tour.  Seriously, great work. 

Sidwell Solar

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Other Good Links:
++KieranTimberlake Associates Feature on Sidwell Friends
++Sidwell Friends School Commitment to Environmental Stewardship


Comments

That's an awesome idea! I just wish more schools were teaching kids about the buildings of their future.

Good to see moves away from fossil fuels. Now, if we could just get Yankee Doodle to give up his V-8 cars and frequent Jet flights, we could slow down global warming and survive!

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