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Cultivating Young Minds: A Net-Zero School for Tomorrow's Leaders - Update

A new Music and Science complex was added to the Hood River Middle School in 2010, earning LEED Platinum certification. Through a series of interviews with the school faculty and the design team, we explore the creation of a net-zero-energy building that complements the children’s studies of the balance of nature. Learn how the school’s existing permaculture curriculum drove the sustainable design of the building and resulted in achieving the ‘School as a Teaching Tool’ credit with one of the most robust sustainable curriculums in the world. The building that teaches and extends its sustainable education to the community, earning the project another innovation credit for Green Building Education.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Describe the Innovation in Design Green Building Education credit that the Hood River Middle School earned, and differentiate it from the ‘School as a Teaching Tool’ Credit
  2. Explain strategies used in the project for water efficiency, reduction of material use and enhancing the indoor environment.
  3. List the requirements for the ‘School as a Teaching Tool’ Credit in the LEED for Schools, and describe how the Hood River Middle School integrated them through hands on learning
  4. Relate the synergies amongst the education and participation of the students (ID c3) with Optimizing Energy Performance (EAc1) and On-Site Renewable Energy (EAc2)
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Narrated Video
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