Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium
Nationally known k-12 leader Stuart Brodsky and Robin McCloud-Springer, head of school at Chiaravalle Montessori School will present, Chiaravalle Montessori North Wing – LEED Platinum School Case Study, at the USGBC-Illinois and the Association for Learning Environments symposium on April 8.
About the session:
The opportunity to design and build Chiaravalle Montessori School’s North Wing with a flexible space to support the Montessori curriculum provided the school community a chance to dream about the ideal physical environment. Design drivers were developed with intense collaboration with students, faculty, parents and administrators in support of Maria Montessori’s philosophy “Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
The resulting LEED Platinum addition is a model for environmental responsibility for the school and Evanston community while providing endless learning opportunities for students. The presentation will include a discussion of the learning curriculum tied to sustainability, environmental characteristics and grants that supported environmental goals. Green characteristics include geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaics, a green roof, use of rapidly renewable materials, and a high performance building envelope. The addition was designed to consume 50.8% less energy than ASHRAE 90.1 2007 baseline. The photovoltaic array produces more than 5% of the building’s energy. Recycled materials make up 42.4% of building materials used. 71.7% of new wood products are FSC-Certified. The project is believed to be the first LEED Platinum-registered Montessori school in the United States.