U.S. School Buildings Going Green
1. Save an average of $70 per square foot over comparable conventional schools.
2. Use 30-50% less energy.
3. Use 30% less water.
According to www.greenschoolbuildings.org , 32 states have formed green schools caucuses or working groups in their legislatures. To search for green schools near you, visit Who Is Going Green? To find out more about how your school can go green, check out The U.S. Green Building Council's Green Existing Schools Toolkit. Read on to see how Beyond the Light Switch got involved in one Michigan school's effort to go Beyond green...to Evergreen?
Is Your School A Green School?
Well if it isn’t, it should be. That’s what Beyond the Light Switch’s Producer Ed Moore discovered after his visit to the third graders at Pierce Elementary in Birmingham, MI. And Pierce is proud of its Evergreen status, which is the highest award given by the Michigan Green Schools program. Pierce also happens to be attended by a member of Detroit Public Television’s extended family—Ryan Schubiner, daughter of DPTV’s own Jill Schubiner. Ryan and Jill were kind enough to invite Ed to talk about all things electricity-related in Ryan’s third grade class earlier this week. What’s really impressive is that Ryan’s class has been studying electricity all year, and that these kids are already learning to take control of their own energy use.
So how does a school achieve Evergreen status? Check out this list of the 20 points a school must score in order to ‘go green’—actually it’s a list of fun and educational activities that get kids thinking about the environment. And the Green Schools program doesn’t stop at energy efficiency: whether it’s learning how to recycle or building a birdhouse habitat, these kids are learning how to save the planet one day at a time.
They’re also learning some cool stuff you might wish you’d learned at school: things like how to make mini-lightning or how to build a solar oven from a pizza box. Ryan’s class at Pearce has been using some of the free...
...educational resources for kids that can be found at the DTE Energy Kids Club—a website with games, do it yourself experiment ideas, and interactive information on where the energy that powers all of us comes from.
BTLS wants to be sure and thank Ryan, her class, and all of the other eco-crusaders at Pearce Elementary.
If your school is an Evergreen school, of if you’d like to find out more about becoming one, comment below and let us know!