Boston Latin Wins $75,000 Green School Makeover Competition

The entries have been evaluated and the votes tallied. The winner of Global Green’s 2nd annual Green School Makeover Competition has been decided. The lucky recipient of a $75,000 grant to improve the efficiency and overall healthiness of their building is: Boston Latin!

Founded in 1635, Boston Latin is the first public school in the country and the oldest school in America. Greening up such a historical landmark won’t be easy, but the students and faculty seem to be up to the task. Boston Latin School was selected from over 450 entries from around the country, each of whom submitted a student-created proposal outlining green initiatives and achievements to date, while outlining what the student body would do if they won the competition.

Boston Latin School Green Makeover

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The Green School Makeover award includes $75,000 of green technologies, a $5,000 gift card from Office Depot, and $65,000 worth of technical support.

Now that they have been announced as the official winner, Boston Latin will receive an outdoor hydroponics lab from Freight Farm, a vertical growing system for the cafeteria from Sage, an energy performance monitoring system from Lucid Technologies, a small solar array for the top of the Freight Farm, 5 water bottle filling stations from Elkay, and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) to help monitor and increase energy savings.

According to an announcement on the BLS website, the award will also “help BLS YouthCAN students leverage additional support for their Shared Green Roof project that is currently moving forward in exciting ways and which will be such an important facility for students and educators across Boston who want to educate for sustainability.”

“This is an exciting win for us,” Cate Arnold, faculty adviser for Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network, said in a statement. “We are proud of our school and our district. We hope to continue to instill the importance of youth leadership and green schools in our students.”

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog