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U.S. Green Building Council’s O.C. chapter announces ‘green classroom’ plan

An elementary school classroom in Costa Mesa will be refurbished for educational purposes.

by derek larsenPublished: September 02, 2011 07:00 AM

The Orange County chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has proposed a plan to retrofit an elementary school classroom as a trial for a widespread classroom-greening project.

Through the preliminary project, to be implemented at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, the USGBC hopes it will be able to create a model classroom design to be used throughout the United States.

The project consists of: (1) educating students about green practices and how changes to their school can be applied to their community as a whole; (2) retrofitting the classroom, which will include modifications to lighting (including hardware to “harvest” daylight) ventilation, flooring and furnishings; and (3) monitoring the differences between the green classroom and a conventional one, located next to the earth-friendly space, in order to compare the two.

Students will learn more about green environments and practices by seeing the measured changes in the USGBC-retrofitted classroom throughout the school year.

The project will be carried out in phases that will coincide with local construction approval and permits.

Saving a USGBC-estimated $100,000 per year, green schools reduce operating costs while providing students with a healthier environment.

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