GLRPPR Sector Resource: Sustainable School Design Topic Hub
Sustainable School Design Topic Hub
This primer is intended as a quick guide to the essential pollution prevention (P2) information on sustainable school design, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources. It addresses many areas, including: indoor air quality; energy consumption and options; construction materials; education materials; water use; waste management; transportation; community interaction; landscaping and the building envelope. It draws upon the myriad resources available to school administrators, school boards, and community planners with the hope that these tools will guide the design of more optimally sustainable schools. The Topic Hub deals with the big issues of construction and retrofitting, siting and commissioning, and actual design of new and remodeled schools. Pollution prevention opportunities and alternative technologies that include lighting, acoustics, air quality, and well-being needs for students and school staff for a healthy and safe learning environment, are presented. Case studies and a glossary of terms are also provided, as well as a "Curricula" section that focuses on teacher training, classroom curricula for grades K-12, college and graduate level programs, community outreach, student-led community projects, and administrator education related to sustainable development and building design. This Topic Hub was developed and is maintained by the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) as part of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) national Topic Hub project. For more information about P2Rx and the Topic Hubs, see http://www.p2rx.org.
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