Monday, December 19, 2011

An Audacious Plan: Green Schoolhouses

Green Schoolhouses to Be Built With Donated Materials, Volunteers
12/19/2011 - An audacious plan is under way to build as many as 24 new schools in key markets across the U.S. solely through corporate funding, donated materials and volunteer labor.

Dubbed the Green Schoolhouse Series, the idea sprung from father-and-son team Marshall and Jeff Zotara, co-founders of Cause and Effect Evolutions, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based firm acting as organizer, project manager and public relations firm representing corporations and construction industry firms that have pledged financial or in-kind support for the school construction, estimated to cost more than $200 million in total.

Contractors broke ground this month on the inaugural $4-million schoolhouse, dubbed Safari, in west Phoenix. The 6,291-sq-ft building is being built for Roadrunner Elementary School, which serves 800 students and is—like the other schools to follow—an existing Title 1, low-income, public school campus. Future projects will range from 6,000 to 15,000 sq ft.

The schools are designed to achieve LEED-Platinum certification. "There are only two LEED-Platinum schools in the entire country, and they are both in wealthy communities," Jeff Zotara says. "We wanted to give something at the highest levels of sustainability to an underserved community." read more>>>


  1. The first of 24 LEED-Platinum schools breaking ground in Phoenix, the all-volunteer Green Schoolhouses Series has launched to provide $200 million in new, 100% donated buildings for disadvantaged public schools across the our country.

  2. Very cool idea, I wish them success. Having gone to public schools I know what a difference the surrounding environment can make on learning.