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.
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.