Schools of Thought

At Bristol County Agricultural High School, the campus is the classroom. The site is an arboretum; buildings are structured with timber, encouraging conversations of carbon and land use. Composting toilets manage human waste using no potable water and promote conversations about soil health. Rainwater is harvested for irrigation and becomes part of an ongoing conversation about water use. These strategies prompt questions about resources and waste, energy, and water use and quality. This project exhibits the shared respect between designers and teachers leading to a functional and truly sustainable school. The process of aligning the building design and curriculum goals will be presented, along with impacts on how the school will formulate future programs.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to use educational goals to support sustainable building goals
  • Develop strategies for using a school building to facilitate learning
  • Learn ways to communicate how design strategies can be teaching strategies for educators
  • Identify the benefits of designing social, economic, and environmentally sustainable schools for communities

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