Taking Green to New Levels

The Bertschi School’s Living Science Building, Seattle, has sustainable features that are all visible to students. These include net-zero energy, net-zero water, a solar array and rainwater cistern. (Architect: KMD Architects)

Schools and universities are raising the bar of what can be done to provide sustainably designed facilities that are managed in an environmentally responsible way. American School & University's February issue reports that some schools and universities have been striving for years to save natural resources and operate more efficiently. Organizations such as the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and the U.S. Green Building Council have not only provided education institutions with guidance on how to design, build and operate in the efficient and environmentally friendly way, but also established formalized ways for those institutions to be recognized for achieving sustainable buildings and practices.

The article covers net zero designs and LEED certification, and features sidebars on Oberlin College’s commitment to sustainability and greening staff members. A photo gallery is also included....