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Sustainable School Design : Case Studies
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Cathedral High School--Demonstrating Lighting
This Design Lights case study profiles Cathedral High School, which retrofitted its lighting with as...

CHPS Schools
Although based in California, these case studies provide valuable creativity and perspective. The CH...

Design Share: Case Studies
Since 2000, over 400 award-winning case studies have been collected that showcase the most innovativ...

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C)
Bi-monthly magazine covering the green building industry.

High Performance Schools
US EPA's Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools defines High Performance Schools, explains the ...

Historic Schools
Concern for the loss of schools provided incentive to develop case studies and guidelines for preser...

Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact
The Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact program launched on January 31, 2008 features best practice...

Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact: Participating Schools
A list of schools in Illinois that have signed the Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact. Short desc...

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Faci...

St. Catherine of Genoa School--Demonstrating Lighting
This Design Lights Consortium case study profiles St. Catherine of Genoa School in Somerville, MA. ...

Sustainable Flooring: Successful Community Partnerships Build Sustainable School Buildings
Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colo., embarked on a mission: to work with designers in crea...

Sustainable Schools
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is committed to helping schools create high performance ed...

Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program
Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools program is a web-based, voluntary program available to all public ...

<big><b>Sustainable School Design: Case Studies </b></big> This section will identify schools and school districts that are setting examples in sustainable school design as well as retrofitting older buildings.

Building new schools is not always the best option for school districts. Some may elect to retrofit older existing schools or update newer schools. Projects might be completed within a scheduled timeframe with the goal of implementing all of the modifications at once, while budget constraints require adhering to a staggered timeline. Unfortunately, a great number of schools often determine their best option is to build a new school.

School administrators and school boards can benefit from the efforts of other districts. Numerous case studies from around the country are available online. These case studies document strategies, steps, results and outcomes and often provide contact information. Rather than reinventing the wheel, these case studies make it easier to determine the appropriate designs for your region.

The resources in this section will be identified in several ways to make your selection easier. Key word searches by subcategories will help your search and these key words include regional searches for U.S. EPA Region 1, U.S. EPA Region 2, and on through U.S. EPA Region 10. Additional key word searches can be conducted within each region for Case Study, New School, Retrofit School, and Historic School. A full listing of all of these is too extensive for identification in this introduction to case studies.

  • "New School" contains all new commissioning and recently built schools.
  • "Retrofit Schools" are schools built after 1950
  • "Historic Schools" are schools built prior to 1950
A secondary search criterion, your U.S. EPA Region, will help identify school projects with similar environmental constraints. If you don't know your U.S. EPA region, visit their "Where You Live" map.

Construction Projects
U.S. EPA RegionSchool or District
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Region 2
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Region 10
For more information please select from the resources on the right side bar or perform a search using the key words identified above.


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