We're happy to see a worthy project like the Bertschi School Science Wing in Seattle recieve recognition for marrying the restorative building principles of the Living Building Challenge with hands-on environmental education. The cutting-edge classroom was named named one of the K-12 Green Schools of 2012.
The Science Wing was designed and built to achieve Living Building Challenge certification and serve as a living, interactive learning environment for is K-12 students. Classroom features include a solar array, a rainwater cistern, a living wall, a green roof, a composting toilet and an ethnobotanical garden. Children have access to water and energy monitoring systems and can even observe rainwater as it trickles from the roof and through the classroom via a stone-lined runnel.
The Institute would like to join the Center for Green Schools in recognizing the all those involved with the Bertschi School Science Wing for envisioning a place where children could learn about natural systems by actively contributing to them.
Learn more about the Bertschi School Science Wing.
Review the Center for Green Schools Best of Green Schools 2012 awards.