Late last year, South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC built an “Eco Learning Lab,” an outdoor classroom for students, instructors and green building professionals. The laboratory provides a forum for students to strengthen their educational experience and opens a dialog with green building professionals that can assist in career exploration. The hope is that the Eco Learning Lab can be replicated at other high schools in North Carolina.
How can we facilitate major change in the way Minnesotans think about green schools? This was the question under discussion at USGBC Minnesota’s Green Schools Committee meeting a year ago. The committee had been struggling with how to get the message about the benefits of healthy, cost effective, high performance schools to the large and varied group of people who affect the school environment.