Blue Forest Eco-Classroom Designed To Work Off Grid

Why just study sustainability when you can experience it for yourself? That’s the concept behind Blue Forest’s Eco-Classroom at the  Benenden School in Kent, a striking building surrounded by mature parkland and woodland that demonstrates eco-principles in action.

Constructed of sustainably harvested timber and featuring a green roof, the Eco-Classroom is designed to function entirely off the grid, according to Green Cleaning Ideas, relying exclusively on solar for its electrical needs. Even more uniquely, the classroom is designed to function without being being hooked up to utilities, as it features composting toilets and filtered rainwater for drinking water. The structure is the believed to be the first building in the UK that processes rainwater this way, via from a sedum, or “green” roof into hot and cold drinking water via solar power.

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image via Blue Forest

Anthony Cawley, Benenden School Estates Bursar, said, in a statement, “This facility will enable classes to undertake fieldwork in the School grounds and will greatly enhance many aspects of the curriculum as well as providing a facility for use by local schools.” Blue Forest notes that the Eco-Classroom will help the school meet the UK government’s aims for ‘Sustainable Schools’ under the national curriculum.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.