Sidwell Friends School, Anatomy of a Green School

Sidwell Friends School

The Sidwell Friends School is the first LEED Platinum-rated K-12 school in the world, but what’s incredible is the story behind it.  First, it’s a renovation of a fifty year old facility.  Second, the renovation involved the students, so everyone was able to participate and learn about the benefits of a green building.  Matter of fact, about sixteen 5th – 8th graders studied the building, wrote about its benefits, and recorded an audio feature explaining each green feature.  Feel free to take the green building tour to learn about low-VOC materials, CO2 monitoring, natural light, native plants, the green roof and biology pond, photovoltaic panels, a heat recovery wheel, vertical solar fins, and the settling tank, etc.  This is quite the impressive interactive visual/audio tour.  Seriously, great work. 

Sidwell Solar




Other Good Links:
++KieranTimberlake Associates Feature on Sidwell Friends
++Sidwell Friends School Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

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  • Oleg

    That’s an awesome idea! I just wish more schools were teaching kids about the buildings of their future.

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  • Uncle B

    Good to see moves away from fossil fuels. Now, if we could just get Yankee Doodle to give up his V-8 cars and frequent Jet flights, we could slow down global warming and survive!

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