So California, you’re doing a great job…but…Hong Kong and Kenya have the best green schools of all time.
But all jokes aside, these two schools have been named the Greenest Schools on Earth for 2013. Usually, there is only one winner; however the Global Coalition for Green Schools, which is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council, simply couldn’t decide. They granted each school $5,000 to continue to work on their sustainability projects.
Say hello to the winners:
Sing Yin Secondary School – Hong Kong
What’s great about this school?
It has an organic farm.
It has two green roofs.
It even has an aquarium.
All classrooms are equipped with solar panel lighting, LED sensors, and motion sensors.
And, last but certainly not least, the school has assigned 100 students to be “green ambassadors” to carry out green initiatives in the community.
Uaso Nyiro Primary School – Kenya
It has a Waterbank School Building, which is made from materials found in the surrounding area and local labor.
The facility stores and filters clean water for its students and the surrounding community.
It even provides protected gardens with organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Which includes a courtyard theater and a community workshop where they have gatherings and “environmental theater”.
^ Dead Poet’s Society, Midsummer Night’s Dream reference. Edumacation.
And they did it at a disadvantage — 25% of the community lives on less than $1.25 a day, and it increased school attendance from 70% to 90%. You know what else? The risk of waterborne disease has dropped to zero.
So, yeah. These schools win.
OnAir: Thoughts/opinions? Know how you can make your school a candidate for 2014, or even a winner? Share your insight in a comment below!