NEISD opens first ‘green' school
Cibolo Green Elementary School, a model for energy and environmental design
Where did summer go? School starts Monday, August 23 when 790 eager students will stream into the new Cibolo Green Elementary School, North East ISD's first ‘green' campus. The campus will include all the necessary features of a standard elementary school - 45 classrooms with workrooms and book storage, a computer lab, pull-out classrooms, library and media center, 2 gyms plus more. But what makes this school different and how it earned it's "green" title is the manner in which these components have been incorporated into the construction.
Cibolo Green used natural Texas sedimentary rock. A special limestone called Cordova Shell that showcases marine fossils from the ancient Texas seas was selected as both an architectural element and a learning tool. Recycled glass tiles line halls and drinking fountain areas. The windows provide natural lighting and reduce energy use.
Each grade level covers an environmental design feature. For example, the kindergarten is home to Site Sustainability, first grade is Indoor Environmental Quality, second grade is Materials and Resources, third grade is Water Efficiency, fourth grade is Energy and Atmosphere, and fifth grade is Design and Innovation. Teachers will also make use of environmental curriculum, such as Project Wild, in their instruction plans.
Cibolo Green Elemenary is located at 24315 Bulverde Green, San Antonio, TX 78261
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