The Pine Jog Campus is pioneering a new direction for green schools in Florida. The mission is to inspire and excite children and residents in the science and art of restoring the natural landscape, and promoting our role as responsible citizens in safeguarding the planet’s natural resources. Collectively, the partners are integrating the curriculum to provide a COST PER SQ FT$170.92CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsSUB CATEGORYSpecialized program of ecological awareness and stewardship. The entire 150-acre parcel was master-planned to serve as an outdoor classroom, and the two adjacent buildings synergize their programs, building systems and design features. Both the replacement Environmental Education Center and the elementary school will be LEED gold-certified. The buildings were designed to make many of their environmental benefits obvious to the occupants and teachers—the buildings themselves teach.
The regenerative site design includes habitat and tree preservation, native pineland landscape, wildlife habitats, stormwater collection and conservation, soil composting and an interactive sundial. The Solar Plaza combines solar technologies (photovoltaics and hot water) for students to see and monitor with computers. Signage explains the buildings’ LEED features, including preferred alternative-fuel and carpool vehicle parking; water-efficient plumbing; recycling stations, and the use of recycled and locally available construction materials; highly efficient and visible mechanical equipment; and polished concrete floors at high-use areas.
“This is an incredible learning environment. The use of building material as a learning tool is extremely well-done.”--2009 jury