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My first lesson in how insulation works came during high school physics class--but not as part of an experiment.
Our physics lab was in the chilly basement, and the "lesson" consisted of Sister Bernie explaining to a shivering classmate that we should all come to physics class with extra layers because "dead air is the best insulator."
It was the old admonition to put on a sweater packaged as an explanation of why putting on a sweater actually works: the air trapped between two layers of clothing is what really keeps you warm--not so much the cloth itself.
For so many reasons, school is a great place to learn about green building. This is true even if you go to school in a rather dark 1930s-era masonry building, but more and more school districts are renovating and building for high performance, increasing opportunities for great conversations on the topic.
For a really cool example of integrating green building and education for even the youngest tykes, check out this kindergarten building, where five- and six-year-old kids learn about fluid dynamics by pedaling a tricycle.
The Center for Green Schools, a project of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has started giving out awards for this kind of creativity, and the recipient list contains a few surprises.
Who knew that my home state (Ohio) was at the forefront of building high-performance schools? Did you know that Philadelphia is planning to make every one of its 291 schools green? And have you seen the really cool design of the student center at UT–Dallas?
Read on for the complete list of awards--and check out full stories about each winner on the Center for Green Schools website. Congratulations to all!
We installed these in our new house and they work great. Excellent product.
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