In a challenging economic environment, school districts are looking for ways to manage their transportation costs, reduce carbon footprints, and maintain student safety. Technology, including global positioning systems and software, is leading the effort.
Cloud computing is touted as a "green" technology, but this claim fails to take into consideration the full environmental impact of the scalable resource. The energy savings a school can experience by reducing its hardware can be significant, but other environmental factors must also be addressed if the traditional green claims are declared valid.
Global Green USA and Pureology have launched a new competition that will award five schools with funds to implement energy and environmental upgrades on their campuses.
The Army National Guard’s Mobile Learning Center Program is coming to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. The interactive program is designed to raise math and science literacy and tours throughout the country.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Buckeye Elementary School District in Arizona has begun construction on a 3.26-megwatt photovoltaic solar project.
Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, MI will host a 400-kilowatt solar array as part of a 20-year agreement with DTE Energy.
BenQ will release the MX850UST, an energy-efficient DLP projector with a contrast ratio of 13,000:1, this August.
The East Side Union High School District in California has completed a solar energy project that will generate $43 million in energy savings over 25 years.
George Washington Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, MD will formally activate a 2,100-panel solar energy system May 3.
Hamden High School in Connecticut is installing a 400-kilowatt fuel cell to provide 90 percent of its electricity needs.
The United States Department of Education has launched a new program to recognize schools for their sustainability efforts.
The Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA has begun construction of a 2 megawatt solar installation.
The Mountain View Los Altos High School District in California has nearly completed construction of a 1.26 megawatt solar photovoltaic system.
The Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona has completed construction of a 2.66 megawatts solar installation.
Wendy Rogers is design principal at the architectural firm LPA in Irvine, CA, as well as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). Throughout her 24-year career she has advocated for sustainable design in schools. Rogers works closely with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), speaking with districts and civic organizations throughout California to help them plan for and design green schools. She spoke with us recently about the relationship between technology and sustainable school environments.
- By Timothy Prentiss