A LEED High School Comes To Kansas

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 High School Charter School

image via Erie High Charter School

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.

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.