Where Are the Greenest Schools in the Country?
The definition of being eco-conscious is so much more than having solar panels on a roof
- By Megan Gambino
- Smithsonian.com, April 12, 2013
Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School HVAC classroom, Washington, D.C. Architect: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc., and Bryant Mitchell Architects. (Jim Maguire, Maguire Photographics)
Phelps ACE High School in Washington, D.C., takes a unique approach to education, in that in addition to traditional academic subjects it offers technical courses in welding, electricity, plumbing and carpentry. “The entire building is designed as a teaching tool,” says the school’s website. For students to clearly see how the building is constructed, some of the plumbing pipes are left exposed, for example, and anyone can read monitors in the school that register how much energy is being supplied by its photovoltaic solar arrays and helical wind turbines.