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STAR School, First Elementary School Completely Solar-Powered

Flagstaff, Arizona is home to STAR School, the first public elementary school in America to be completely dependent on solar power. In addition to solar panels, STAR School also has wind generators and a small propane tank on standby for consecutive cloudy days. The school’s architecture showcases large open windows facing the south and few,......

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Elementary School Designed to Withstand Tsunami

The new Ocosta Elementary School in Westport, Washington, sits about 4,000 ft inland from the Pacific Ocean. Not far to the west of the picturesque site, however, lies the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Once thought to pose a minimal threat to coastal residents, alarm has grown for decades as researchers come to better understand the subduction......

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Stationary Reading Bikes Help Power School

Avoca Elementary School in Avoca, Michigan began a new “Green Read and Ride” program near the end of the 2015-2016 school year and is continuing the innovative program. The bikes are equipped with a bookstand and generate electricity for the school as the students ride.  The program is believed to the first of its kind......

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A Coordinated Approach to School Maintenance

The state of Wyoming invested over $3 billion to modernize its public school facilities over the last 15 years. The initiatives were successful, but today, the state faces the challenge of ensuring that these investments and projects are maintained properly. The Wyoming’s School Facilities Department has developed a program whereby both state and local funds......

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