The Global Coalition For Green Schools has announced a tie of two winning schools – the Sing Yin Secondary School in Hong Kong, China, and the Waterbank School at Uaso Nyiro Primary in Laikipia, Kenya – for the 2013 Greenest School on Earth Award.
The Center for Green Schools said that the award’s goal is to “highlight a K-12 school that exemplifies how sustainability can be integrally woven into the infrastructure, culture, and curriculum of a school.”
The schools submitted for the award were evaluated for criteria, including: the efficient use of resources and reduced environmental impact; the enhanced quality of health and learning for students, teachers, and staff; and the emphasis on sustainability and resource-conservation education.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, said during the announcement that the aim of the award is “to showcase a school’s commitment to sustainability.
“But when we sat down to review this year’s submissions, we felt that we had two schools whose environmental efforts, though very different, were extraordinary in both execution and achievement.”
The two winning schools were each awarded $5,000 to put toward a new or ongoing sustainability project.
The Sing Yin Secondary School in Hong Kong, China
An impressive aspect of the Sing Yin school is that while it serves largely low-income students, the school also boasts an organic farm, two green roofs, a bamboo corner, and an aquarium. Most of the classrooms are equipped with thin-film solar panels or sun-shading devices, as well as other technologies including: advanced LED lighting, light sensors, and motion sensors.
In addition, the school says that it recruits about 100 students every year to serve as environmental monitors, prefects, and ambassadors. Notably in 2012, within the community, the students organized a “Green School, Green Family” campaign, in which they and their families had to conduct energy saving activities to lower household electricity use.