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60 minutes
Date Published

July 20, 2020


Association For Learning Environments


Learning Environments, Sustainability


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Which is more important in K12 schools, elevating student achievement, creating safe and healthy learning spaces, or reducing operational and maintenance costs? We believe they are equally important, and a balance of each priority is achievable through sound educational planning techniques and strategies. Every K12 school project has a site, a physical learning environment, a curriculum, and a financial impact within its community. Often there is a debate as to which of these factors is more important; and which to finance. We will offer insight on how well planned, sustainable, schools can simultaneously enhance the educational outcomes, achieve high performance (zero-net-energy) measures, create safe spaces, and reduce O&M costs. We will share studies that demonstrate students achieve higher cognitive scores in safe and sustainable learning environments. We will demonstrate how school planning has evolved past integrating sustainability into a learning environment, and has become a balanced process where educational aspects enhance sustainability strategies and vice-versa. The benefit is a physical school presence that reduces the impact on its community in both financial and ecological measures; while increasing academic outcomes.

1. Participants will understand the importance of sustainability, quality learning environments, and school safety and learn how to balance the three.

2. Participants will learn planning approaches and strategies for balancing the academic goals, sustainability components and the health, safety, and wellness of students and teachers.

3. Participants will learn simple planning strategies to achieve a sustainable design.

4. Participants will learn simple planning strategies to create Net-Zero-Energy learning environments.

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Ron Lamarre, AIA, ALEP, ALA, LEED AP B+C
Design Principal - Lavallee Brensinger Architects

Former President – A4LE Northeast Region and New England Chapter founder.

Ron is an award-winning Architect,... Read More

Dr. James C. Morse, Sr.
Superintendent - Oyster River Cooperative School District (SAU #5)

Dr Morse is an accomplished educator who began his career as an Art Teacher and rose to leadership positions over a 43-year... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Balancing Learning Environments and Sustainability - Video
Balancing Learning Environments and Sustainability - Paper
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