• The following is a note from former board member and current Design Advisory Group member Bob Stack:

    This is but an example of what another S/D has created with its design/architectural team. We have our own team and they are asking us for inputs. I have been in this school in southern Maryland and am very impressed how the entire school with its various components can be and is used as a true learning tool involving the ALL the students in all grades. Items such as the cisterns, energy kiosks, initial positioning of the building on the site, automatic sunshades, various temperature and air flow sites, outdoor environmental learning lab on the roof (yes, it can be done - 'heat island' phenomena), even toilet designs are used for research studies and curriculum usage.

    The design of this building with its unique intended use of its components makes learning relevant for students. This shows students real life applications for learning science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), reading, teaming... And, really, isn't that our goal in education?

    Again, this information is designed to create ideas and discussion. We have a diverse team and I look forward to hearing ideas from others.

    Cheers,

    Bob


    Part 1: Evergreen, Maryland ES Pages 1-7

    During the Nov. 3, dedication ceremony for Evergreen Elementary School, the United States Green Building Council recognized St. Mary’s County Public Schools for their outstanding achievement in designing and building Evergreen Elementary School and named the school as a Gold-rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design project.

    LEED is the nation's premier program for design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Only some 3,400 buildings nationwide are LEED certified, with only 1,100 of them achieving gold certification. Evergreen Elementary School is the first LEED primary school in St. Mary’s County.

    “We are extremely pleased with our final product,” said Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools. “Not only is Evergreen Elementary an example of energy conservation at its best, but it is also a hands-on learning environment for every student who walks through its doors. I thank every partner who played a role in the funding, design, and construction of this magnificent facility which is certain to serve as a prototype for future school construction throughout the state.”

    The Evergreen Elementary design utilizes the LEED scorecard and includes a geothermal pilot project in which a portion of the two-story section of the building has geothermal heating and cooling and the other portion has a more traditional system. This allows for comparison to see if the future schools in our county should have geothermal heating and cooling, and also provides an opportunity for the students to evaluate the systems as instructional components.

    The building is also designed with natural day-lighting in all instructional spaces. Evergreen Elementary School is unique because it incorporates green building concepts, and uses those concepts as teaching tools for a greener tomorrow.

    - Unknown Source

    Part 2: Evergreen, Maryland ES Pages 8-16

    NOTE: Project manager stated the thing that made this entire project work - “The superintendent set the tone and then allowed the staff to push the envelope with the architect."

    Part 3: Evergreen, Maryland ES Pages 17-24

    NOTE: This piece is from a Maryland state report highlighting all of its counties... St. Mary's County is a small county in southern Maryland:

    St. Mary's Has taken a leadership role in promoting environmental and resource stewardship in the local community. Among its educational programs are the following:

    • Green School Coordinators and teachers work with students at each school to reduce their energy use and capture the coveted “Energy Flag.” The Board of Education encourages schools to become Green Schools, integrating environmental instruction, professional development, conservation practices, and community partnerships.

    • Utilizes a mobile classroom at outreach community events and schools to promote sustainability through hands-on activities.

    • Provides performance-based incentives to the school-based energy conservation teams.

    • Created an environmentally-friendly terrapin mascot named “Wattson” to be the green school ambassador. Wattson works with students to identify conservation measures and develop positive environmental habits.

    • Evergreen Elementary School, a LEED gold school, is a learning laboratory for energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainable living:

    • Students are able to see energy consumption and comparisons in real time at an energy and information kiosk.

    • The system’s energy data is tracked with web-based software (UtilityDirect by SchoolDude) allowing all locations on-line access to their energy consumption and expenditure data. This data is used as a learning tool for students and allows site administrators to stay updated on their energy conservation efforts.

    • Formed a partnership with the local electric cooperative to provide energy saving kits to families, with a return incentive of $25/kit donated to the school.

    • Training of staff in the LEED program is on-going.