High School Sustainability Curriculum - Green Building

High School Sustainability Curriculum - Green Building

This course provides high school teachers with hands-on curriculum in sustainable development; green building concepts, features and design; the green collar workforce; green building programs and policies; and the implementation of green building measures to reduce social, environmental, and economic impacts. The curriculum is designed to be taught over a semester in 2-3 sessions per week. The curriculum provides step-by-step planning and teaching instructions for the educator, and uses hands-on demonstrations, interactive activities, discussions and take-home assignments to engage students in understanding and applying topics. 

Concepts include sustainability, the problem of “greenwashing”, green building design and construction, energy and water smart buildings, green versus conventional building materials, green building economics, and the green collar workforce. Experiential activities include designing and constructing a model structure, conducting a green building site analysis, a school water audit, a life-cycle cost analysis of a green building project, and preparation for a green job interview.

Through this course students will gain skills directly applicable to the expanding green trades, gaining an ability to identify and evaluate green building sites and features, and opportunities for improving the functionality of a building in order to reduce resource consumption and improve indoor air quality. Students will study what makes a building green and how they can assess if an existing facility meets these requirements.

SEI has designed the High School Sustainability Curriculum on Green Building to make it easy for teachers to help their students make the connections between the impacts of green verses conventional building on social justice, environmental sustainability, long-term economic welfare, and human health and well-being.




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