Sunday, February 8, 2009

Green Schools

With the discussions on the economic recovery bill, there has been increased interest in "green schools". Here are some resources to get you started:

  • Green Schools Conference coming up:
  • Green Schools -- I think this organizations stands out as they expand their understanding to include healthy eating with gardens integrated as part of the curriculum. Given the empty lots in Detroit, you might be able to turn what is often perceived as a deficit into an asset.
  • US Green Building Council:
  • Public Architecture
  • American Architectural Foundation ( has a Great Schools by Design program ( Great Schools by Design hosted a convening on green schools in December 2007, in association with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus. The forum was sponsored by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which has since launched this:
  • Lois DeBacker at Kresge. They are investing in green building.

  • John Weekes, principal of Dull Olson Weekes Architects ( He and his firm designed the 45,000 sq ft Rosa Parks School in Portland, which has been hailed as a model for green building. You can find the school on his site under Experience -> Projects -> Learn.
  • Peter Calthorpe
  • Koning Eisenberg Architecture (J. Sturges)
  • Daly Genik Architects (J. Sturges)
  • William McDonough redesigned the Ford plant in River Rouge about 10 years ago.
  • Designshare ( is the firm that worked with Bingler in NOLA to create a new school Gaylaird Christopher is contact. 626-356-4080
  • Regenisis Group in santa fe. Joel Glanzberg is contact.


  • Sidwell Friends in DC is a LEED platinum school facility with a wide variety of sustainable features, including a revolutionary new lighting system. See description at
  • The new Ann Arbor public libraries were built with an environmentally sustainable approach. Luckenbach|Ziegelman Architects ofAnn Arbor. The library at Mallets Creek Library won a sustainable design architecture award.
  • Ann Arbor Skyline High School was built with a green orientation. TMP Associates, Inc. (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), along with Mitchell and Mouat (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are the architects for the new school.

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