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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)

Manassas Park Elementary School Manassas, Virginia

Manassas Park Elementary School
(Photo by Sam Kittner)

Built in 2009, the Manassas Park Elementary School strives to instill an appreciation for nature in its student body. “Courtyard classrooms facing the woods feature native plants and ‘fallen log’ benches,” reads an exhibition panel in Green Schools. Designers of the campus named classrooms after local plants and animals; they also included signage throughout the school, so that teachers can structure lessons around the building’s energy-saving features.


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