Teaching high-performing buildings to teach.

Over the past several decades, colleges and universities have clearly embraced sustainability in buildings and landscapes, according to an article in American School and University. But higher ed may be missing an important opportunity: Even though students prefer colleges that adopt green practices, those same students also demonstrate little engagement in or knowledge of sustainability.

So now there is a movement to turn higher education’s high-performance buildings into teaching tools, communicating the lessons of sustainability.

The article proposes a structured learning framework for colleges to follow, advancing through the following stages:

  • Awareness
  • Knowledge development
  • Study and synthesis
  • Practice

Turning a college’s sustainability efforts into a real learning experience could well be the first step in creating a better educated and informed public. For more about this effort to more widely share the lessons of environmental preservation, go to the full article.