October 8th, 2011
Step into a green school and the first thing you’ll likely notice is the airy bright lobby.
Stoddert Elementary, built in 1932, was well located, but badly needed a redo (see below).
It’s as if someone turned on all the overhead lights. Except they didn’t, quite the opposite. They turned off the electric lighting and let the sunlight pour in, and they did that while either keeping out the summer heat out and allowing in the winter sun, or both. Picture the electricity meter outside slowing to a crawl.
Architects and builders are getting really good at this trick. It requires some thought,
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October 26th, 2009
Austin's Liberal Arts and Science Academy (Photo: AISD)
From Green Right Now Reports
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership released its first-ever list of the 20 primary and secondary schools nationwide using the most power from renewable energy sources. The Austin Independent School District and Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District, both of which purchase their energy from Austin Energy, topped the list.
The top Green Power Partner schools are buying nearly 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) that would be produced from the electricity use of 11,000 American homes for one year.
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