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June 9, 2009

Mississippi Stimulus Money Info from MDA

From the Mississippi Development Authority:


Performance Energy Contracts

Performance energy contracts can help school districts save money and natural resources. Because a school district can fund the contract based on expected savings, that school district does not have to provide money up front.

However, a school district considering an energy contract should proceed cautiously: claims may exceed reality, and comfort could be compromised. EDI stands ready to help school districts contemplating these programs.


EDI Publishes Book

From Lulu.com: An architectural studio project sponsored by the Educational Design Institute of Mississippi State University, dealing with the master planning and redesign of Forrest County Agricultural High School in Brooklyn, MS.


June 12, 2009

Valuable article from May edition of American School & University

A retrospective on some early green schools:


June 15, 2009

Georgia's First LEED-Silver School

From the AIA (American Institute of Architects):


June 17, 2009

Our Region Trails Nation on Green Design for K-12 Schools

From the May edition of American School & University:

AS&U asked, "Are green/sustainable concepts important in determining the types of materials/products used in your construction projects?" Nationally, 70.7% of school districts said yes.

Next, AS&U asked, "If yes, what areas incorporate green decisions?"

Our region (East South Central -- AL, KY, MS, TN) has the lowest percentage of green products in 5 of 8 categories:

Lighting/Controls: National 86%, ESC 64.7%
HVAC: National 77.3%, ESC 64.7%
Washrooms: National 57.6%, ESC 29.4%
Roofing: National 56.3%, ESC 35.3%
Flooring/Carpeting: National 54.1%, ESC 35.3%

The article does not reveal the size of the survey group, so the data should be approached with some caution. However, the data does match anecdotal evidence that we are trailing the nation in sustainable design.

The really disappointing category is HVAC. Because of our energy-intensive climate (hot in summer, relatively cold in winter), we should use highly-efficient HVAC systems. From a life-cycle cost standpoint, school districts would see significant money savings, as well as environmental benefits.

School Size

The Mississippi School Design Guidelines recommend the following school sizes:

For smaller school districts:

Elementary: 300-400 students
Middle School: 300-600 students
High School: 400-800 students

For larger school districts:

Elementary: 300-400 students
Middle School: 500-600 students
High School: 800-1000 students

According to the MSDG, "most research supports these numbers."

The New York Times has an interesting article following NYC's attempts to retire large schools and replace them with smaller schools. The headline is somewhat misleading:


From the actual report:


June 24, 2009

Green School Advocates

The Mississippi Chapter of the United States Green Building Council has formed a green school advocacy committee. If you are interested in promoting green schools or a green school curriculum, please contact me (Chris Cosper) at the email address listed here:


For more information on the Mississippi Chapter of the USGBC, go here:


June 29, 2009

Two Harbors High School

From the spring 2009 edition of High Performing Buildings magazine. An attractive, green school built in Minnesota for $129/SF. Keep in mind, many of the climatic strategies are not necessarily appropriate for Mississippi.


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