Six years after being built, Kinard Middle School is the most energy efficient school in Colorado. Based on the energy use index kBtu/square foot/year, Kinard registered at 21.7 last year. The average school last year performed at 68 kBtu/sf/yr.
From Washington state to Florida to Colorado, more schools are being built with sustainability in mind. These environmentally friendly buildings take into account everything from natural lighting to water conservation—even the landscaping outside. But how does changing the physical environment impact the learning environment?