Going Green at School

Sustainability is something we take very serious at BCWH, not only in our design techniques, but also with incorporating it into our lives and the schools and students with whom we work. As the year comes to a close, we reflected on some of the great projects we were able to work on in 2014 through the Connect the Dots program in association with the Greater Virginia Green Building Council and the James River Green Building Council. The Connect the Dots Program challenges schools across Virginia to develop or expand on a green school project or program. Schools are paired with volunteer mentors to bridge the connection with local and national environmental resources. We had some amazing participation from the firm this year working with 4 different schools! Below is a summary of each of those projects.

St. Catherine’s School

In November Bo, Erin, Kelley, Chris Roman, Allie Jarett, and an excited group of fourth graders built the structure for the new hoop house at St. Catherine’s Community Garden. BCWH is the mentor to St. Catherine’s Ecology Club for the Connect the Dots program that challenges schools to develop or expand a green school project. The hoop house will later be covered in polyethylene so that the club can grow vegetables this winter. Bo, Erin, and Kelley have been working with St. Catherine’s for the past 2 years developing their school garden.

Gordon Elementary

Allison Powell started working with the art teacher at Gordon Elementary this year to build a Living Plant Wall.

Brookland Middle 

Anca and Kelley have been working with Brookland MS this year to develop plans for a school garden. They will continue to work with the school next year to implement the garden.

Varina HS 

Bo and Allison Powell started working with Varina in 2012 to develop an “Edible Classroom” with the Exceptional Ed class. This year, the class has continued to develop their curriculum around the garden and is getting ready to have a Thanksgiving feast using vegetables they grew.

We recently had a student, with an interest in sustainability at her school, submit to us a very helpful resource to help your school go green. For your guide, please visit the website here.

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