Creating sustainable and healthier learning environments for children and improving teaching environments for instructors is the goal behind The Green Schoolhouse Series from Acuity Brands. The company has pledged major funding and in-kind contributions to help build two highly modernized and sustainable schoolhouses in the City of Phoenix.
The objective of The Green Schoolhouse Series is to achieve USGBC LEED-Platinum certification in each of the schools. Currently, there are no LEED-Platinum Certified K-12 schools built or under construction in Arizona. Solar, day lighting, acoustics, energy-efficient HVAC systems, earth-friendly wall systems and flooring, zero-VOC paints, drought-tolerant landscaping, motion detectors, and energy management systems create a “green” educational learning environment. The sustainable design, products, and components are expected to help achieve net-zero energy, resulting in no additional electricity costs.
The Green Schoolhouses are 5,000-square-foot, stand-alone, multi-purpose classroom and campus environments used for traditional educational instruction during the day and after-school programs and community meeting spaces during evenings and weekends. Each of the two themed models targets a specific student demographic; the Studio for middle schools and the Safari for elementary schools.
Acuity Brands, by providing intelligent lighting and controls solutions and needed funding for The Green Schoolhouse Series, joins in the project some of the most respected companies in the nation including; Kraft Foods/IGA Food Stores, American Express, Xerox Corporation, Turner Construction, Weitz, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, and Kitchell Contractors.