Monday, September 9, 2013

The 'Greening' of Schools

Greening Calif. Schools a ‘Win-Win’ for Students, Districts
Sep 08, 2013 - The Met is a high school with a unique style and design: It has recycled glass counters in front of the administration office, ceilings made of recovered wood from old gym bleachers, and landscaping that was designed to use less water.

A model of energy efficiency, The Met is where most schools in the state would like to be, and thanks to a new funding stream many could get that chance.

Sensors in the Met shut off air conditioning and heating systems when students leave the classroom, and fluorescent lights replaced incandescent ones in the school’s lighting system. Large windows, meanwhile, let in abundant sunlight while effectively blocking out noise.

“Greening our schools will save us energy costs, give our kids healthier places to learn and prepare our students for future jobs in a green economy,” said Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), at an event celebrating the completion of renovations to the school in February 2012. read more>>>

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