NJ Elementary Adds Green Tech to Class

New Jersey, which has seen a solar boom in recent years, now adds to the nation’s growing list of green schools with the Midtown Community Elementary School in Neptune. The school recently took top honors with LEED, securing Platinum certification from the U. S. Green Building Council.

This elementary school, designed by SSP Architectural Group and completed in 2008, also bears the distinction of  being the largest of those 25 K-5 schools certified LEED Platinum in the United States. It makes use of energy management strategies including geothermal heating/cooling, under-flow air delivery, and solar photovoltaics, reducing energy costs for the local school district.

Neptune Midtown Community School

image via Neptune Midtown Community School

None of which is lost on the school’s 700 students, as the building’s green features have been turned into teaching tools designed to enhance the educational experience. Glass doors on mechanical closets reveal the school’s energy saving systems in action, while transparent raised flooring displays the school’s cabling systems; a rooftop garden (designed with Liberty Science Center) offers 6,000 square feet of green space perfect for outdoor experiments.

In fact, all this green tech so close at hand has led to a development of a specialized curriculum for environmental studies, now in place at all Nepture District schools.

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.

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