Title: Prairie Crossing Charter School
Abstract: The new school (2004) in Grayslake, Illinois, was built embracing Green School concepts. Classroom floors are made of bamboo, motion-detectors automatically turn off lights when no one is in the room; water-saving toilets were installed. Prairie Crossing Charter School is currently being identified as one of the most environmentally responsible and progressive schools in Illinois.
The $3 million, 10-classroom school, which reduces energy use, conserves water and uses recycled materials, is among the most environmentally friendly in the country, said Taryn Holowka, communications manager for the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington-based nonprofit group that certifies buildings as "green." The school is heated by a geothermal system pumping water up 75 feet through a series of wells. Rainwater catchments will collect rain for landscaping. Updates on the progress of this schools are provided online.
Source: Prairie Crossing Charter School
Date of Publication: January 2005
Resource Type: Case Study
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