Booyah, Kansas! First, the town of Greensburg chose to rebuild green after a tornado–then Erie High Charter School in Erie decided to do the same after a devastating 2007 flood. Now students here are attending classes in the state’s first LEED Gold certified high school.
According to the the school’s developers, this new green school features natural daylighting, water-saving systems, efficient lighting controls and thermal systems. Each classroom has its own temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide monitoring devices, which allow occupants to optimize comfort, air quality, and energy conservation settings.
Erie school officials, students, community members and those involved in the construction of the facility gathered on May 11 to celebrate the school’s LEED designation, as well as to showcase students instrumental in helping the school achieve this designation.
During this Green Day Celebration, students from the school’s “Green Dream Team” presented workshops aimed at helping their fellow classmates understand the green features behind their new school, and to explore issues such as composting, clean water and solar technology.