Green Schools in New Orleans: Model Schools

THE PROJECT

This program was the second phase of Global Green USA's Green Schools Initiative in New Orleans -- to create high performance showcase green schools, with a major rehabilitation of one school and the new construction of another school over the course of the two years.

The two model green schools received more than $720,000 (combined) worth of green upgrades and technical assistance with a goal of achieving LEED for Schools Silver certification. LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The Model Green School improvements included improved acoustics, lighting, and indoor air quality, and greater reductions in water and energy use.

MODEL GREEN SCHOOL #1: ANDREW H. WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Global Green committed $300,000 plus technical expertise to Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School and to the Recovery School District, which has committed to achieving LEED Gold status for the school, to enable green renovations as part of the school's rebuilding effort.

The Wilson Elementary School sustained significant damage from wind and flood waters due to Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. It is the only school in the Broadmoor neighborhood and it was designed by E.A. Christy and constructed in 1928. 

The Wilson project included a complete restoration of the existing building which is approximately 37,000 sf and two additions totaling 43,000 sf. The new building additions include a gymnasium, cafeteria, and additional art and music classroom space. The existing building was renovated to modern standards while preserving the historical characteristics of the original building.

As a showcase green school, the Wilson Elementary School building incorporates more than 40 specific green measures to enhance the building's energy efficiency and student performance. Among these green technologies are:

  • Solar Hot Water system installed above the kitchen to serve 90% of the hot water demand for the kitchen as well as a 5.04 kW solar electric system.
  • 12,000-gallon above ground cistern to collect and store rainwater for irrigation purposes.
  • Web-based display technology that illustrates energy and water usage. The school will be able to use the data for educational purposes and to monitor carbon offset.
  • Wetland habitat with 90% native species which serves as an outdoor educational classroom and to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater leaving the site.
  • Interpretive signage posted in and around the school to identify and provide information about the school's green technology.

Global Green was proud to take this next step in helping New Orleans build green and feels that the Wilson School will not only serve as an important model for all of the rebuilding of schools in the city, but it will also be a stimulus for rebuilding Broadmoor in a sustainable way.

MODEL GREEN SCHOOL #2: L.B. LANDRY HIGH SCHOOL

First dedicated in 1938 as a high school for African-American students during segregation, the high school was named for Lord Beaconfield Landry, a prominent physician who practiced medicine in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans for 30 years. In 1958, a new building was then constructed at the 1912 L.B. Landry Avenue site, and eventually demolished in 2008 after suffering considerable damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Global Green committed $420,000 plus technical expertise to Landry Charter High School and to the Recovery School District to enable green renovations as part of the school's rebuilding effort and fund visible green educational features such as a rainwater harvesting irrigation system, native landscaping, and a solar hot water system.

The new Landry: a three-story, 210,000-square-foot facility with a total of 52 teaching stations, including career technology labs, visual and performing arts labs and classrooms for core curriculum, visual arts labs, rehearsal spaces for dance, choir, band and art, and a black box theater. It includes a 650-seat auditorium, a gym for competition and an auxiliary gym for practices. Landry school expected to perform 31.6% better than code on a Kbtu basis and 27% better than code from an energy cost perspective. The energy model for the school predicts an annual electricity bill of $295,345.

PHOTOS

Photos of our green model schools on Flickr

MORE INFORMATION

Energy Efficiency in Green Building Design

Incorporating Green into School Curriculum

Green Schools Presentation

State and Local Policy Possibilities