Question: Eleanor asks: I need to design a seventh grade science class around the topic of sustainable architecture and LEED certified buildings. Could you make any recommendations as to a good lesson plan to follow?
Your project sounds exciting! There is such a need for education in general, especially at the classroom level.
The lesson plan would depend on how much time you allot for the project, but I would suggest starting with a high-level discussion of the LEED core concepts (the published guide would be a great start, it is very short and to the point) and it even has some activities in it that you could adapt for students.
A visit to a local project would also be a great benefit, if at all possible. Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates are building LEED homes and they would usually welcome interest and even hands on participation.
After this exposure, I would go over some case studies that are published by the USGBC. Perhaps the students can create a list of what they think are the most important items and participate in a design charrette. Local architects or schools of architecture may help in giving guidance or even critiquing the final work.
Hope this helps!
Jill Bellenger, ASLA, LEED GA, CPH
Jill Bellenger, ASLA, LEED GA, CPH is a founding principal at 3 Design Consulting LLC. She is a Landscape Designer and Certified Professional Horticulturist, with a focus on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative and LEED. She is an experienced Green Business advocate, with core expertise including conservation landscaping, LEED, graphic design, professional development programming and green building practices. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and is currently enrolled in the Sustainable MBA program at Green Mountain College. Jill is also an instructor at the Monteverde Institute Sustainable Futures semester in Costa Rica.