The Quiet Side of Sustainable, High-Performance School Design

21st-century School Design has fully embraced sustainability. The marks of a modern education—creativity, critical thinking, communication, and character—so fully engage the central ideas of sustainable design, from conservation to health and wellness to broad integration across a curriculum for future stewardship, that it is difficult not to design a sustainable, high-performance school today.

For example, we know that learning occurs not only in the traditional, formal settings of a school—classrooms and labs—but also that much is learned outside of the classroom, in informal settings and from one’s peers. The sustainability movement has complemented and enhanced this idea, raising the profile and value, from an educational standpoint, of gardens, green roofs, and even mechanical rooms as meaningful settings for children to learn.

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