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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

Manassas Park Elementary School, Manassas, Virginia. Architect: VMDO Architects, PC. (© Sam Kittner)

Poquoson Elementary School Poquoson, Virginia

Poquoson Elementary School
(Prakash Patel)

Hurricane Isabel, in 2003, caused flooding in much of Poquoson, Virginia—situated on a peninsula jutting out into Chesapeake Bay. The city had to build a new elementary school, as a result. Completed in 2008, the Poquoson Elementary School is energy and water efficient. Its design also draws students outdoors to learn about their environment. Students can tend gardens on the premises and follow a boardwalk to a wetland lab.


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