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LEED Certification: Hood River Middle School

From Green CE

The new building provides a home for the school’s remarkable and unique Outdoor Classroom Project, a middle school science curriculum based on the principles of permaculture. Students combine classroom learning with hands on learning through activities such as cultivating food in a garden, harvesting and cooking the food and selling it at an on-site open market. In keeping with the concept of permaculture, it was important for the building to be a showpiece of sustainable ideas and a teaching tool for the students. This led to a desire to create a net-zero-energy building for which the students could track and budget energy use. The school was a 2012 AIATop Ten award winner for Schools. GreenCE is producing a documentary about the design and construction of this innovative school.

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