Local School Goes Green

173px-Recycle001.svg.pngI am a Westchester boy thru and thru… Raised in the thriving city of White Plains, about 25 miles north of Manhattan, I like to keep tabs on what’s going on back home and what new buildings are popping up in the growing town. With that interest, I have heard about a really cool new initiative at one of the WP elementary schools…

According to LoHud.com, the nearly century-old Post Road school in White Plains will be getting a face lift and much more. It will be redesigned and will reopen in 2009 as a fully green building, including geothermal heat, lower flow toilets and sinks, recycled core materials, and grass-topped roofs. The company who designed the new features says that the benefits are two-fold. First, it is an effort to cut the overconsumption that runs rampant through our country and also a true step in the right direction to reduce dependence on foreign fuel sources. Secondly, it will serve as a fantastic example to the children who make the building their second home. I have a vested interested in this particular school, as my sister is a teacher there.

I always love to hear stories like this. While Westchester was a fantastic place to grow up, it is nice to see that as it becomes more and more densely populated, it is improving itself and becoming an even better place to live. I hope that NYC schools see this as a challenge to step up, but of course a suburban budget is always much friendlier to projects like this.

Know of any other really cool “green” projects going on around the area?

1 Comment so far

  1. eric (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    http://www.greenhomenyc.org/
    That’s a website offering advice and information for small home owners trying to go green around NYC.
    A more specific page in their website shows green buildings in the city:
    http://www.greenhomenyc.org/page/bldgprofile?PHPSESSID=6c771e2cca7f5b2744d7248863492279
    I notice one of my favorite bakeries in the East Village, Build a Green Bakery, is in a green building (even the WALLS are made of wheat…heck, I feel an article coming on).



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