Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Green Star for Sidwell Friends School

The new addition to the Sidwell Friends Middle School is at the forefront of environmentally conscious architecture and environmental responsibility. Located off of Wisconsin Avenue in Washington DC, the newly renovated school has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of the "top ten green projects in 2007." The school's environmentally sound infrastructure uses "93 percent less water, ...60 percent less energy, ...[and] 78 percent of its building materials were manufactured regionally (within a 500 mile radius of the site) ." The school itself will be used as a model and/ or a tool to teach students about science and the environment.

After reading about the ways the Sidwell Friends School has developed an environmentally friendly design you could research ways in which our school could adopt similar programs.
You could research and design your own environmentally friendly building and discuss how and why this type of building would be a benefit to both the environment and the community...

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