2013 Miss Teen Canada – World Blog Network Assignment Number One
Hey Canada! This week the Miss Teen Canada-World 2013 delegates received their first blog assignment! Today I would like to share with you a public school in the Ontario region that is known as a Green Building! The Dr. David Suzuki public school can be found in Windsor, Ontario. This public school recently received platinum certification in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – managed by the Canadian Green Building Council, LEED is a green building rating system for construction and design practices. The LEED system encourages the adoption of sustainable green building development and promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: Sustainable site development, Water efficiency, Energy efficiency, Materials selection, Indoor environmental quality and Innovation in design. Dr. David Suzuki public school is in fact the first school in Canada to have received this environmental accreditation! 🙂
What makes a green building?
A “green building” Green building design and construction provides an opportunity to use resources more efficiently, while creating healthier and more energy efficient buildings. Successful green buildings leave a lighter footprint on the environment through the conservation of resources: balancing energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance products for construction purposes.
Now, I’ll tell you about a few of the many ways that Dr. David Suzuki Public School has led the way as a green building. Through the use of Carmanah Technologies solar panels, Dr. David Suzuki Public School is expected to generate up to 46,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy per year. This technology is expected to deliver up to 10 percent of the school’s total energy.
To treat it’s students to the wonders of science and promote a healthy indoor environment, Dr. David Suzuki Public School features a living wall on an interior wall, and a flat roof outdoor classroom on the second floor. Students can also be mystified by a clear pipe in the hallway, which shows rainwater being send from the roof to a concrete cistern below ground. A cistern works by filtering rain water and holding it for later use. Dr. David Suzuki would agree that water is a precious resource, and through the use of this system the school named after him uses roughly 47% less water than other conventional buildings.
What I love about Green Buildings is their use of renewable resources and that they leave a much lighter foot print on our environment. Personally, I believe that in order to change the world, we need to take care of our earth by remembering the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! These are things we can do in our every day lives – you could even pick up garbage around your school yard or in your community! Together we can create a healthy, sustainable and clean environment! Every contribution can make a difference – Miss Teen CK 2013 ♥