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Shizugawa Fishermen's Workspace "Banya" / - Completed Feb/2013Maeami-hama Community House / - Completed Feb/2013Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center / - Completed Dec/2012 Akahama Covered Alley / - Completed Jul/2012 Oshika House - Women's Collaborative / - Completed Jul/2012 Paper Crane Sculpture / - Completed Jan/2012 Shizugawa Judo Juku / - Completed Dec/2011 Ohya Green Sports Park / - Completed Dec/2011 Hikado Marketplace / - Completed Jul/2011
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As of October 22, 2012 Architecture for Humanity launched a project that puts the fate of the classroom into the hands of the students. Formatted as a three round competition, Guerrilla Green has challenged teens to visualize a plan to improve the spaces within their schools, introduced them to advocacy, and supported their visions by granting up to $13,000 to the most progressive ideas.
This month, May 2013, we’ve concluded the 2013 competition by hand-delivering a $10,000 check to a team of deserving students at the Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami Florida. The winning team coalesced an in your face water reuse and conservation awareness campaign -- showing students, school administrators and showdown fans how much water is wasted every time someone takes a drink out of a traditional K12 school fountain. To help solve the problem, they built a contraption that collects the wasted water and redistributes it as gray water in their art classes.
To date, the Guerrilla Green competition has directly connected with over 400 students. But our impact reaches far beyond that scope. The teens involved in the competition have learned how to advocate their ideas, therefore, the exact impact cannot be calculated, as it webs far beyond our visual reach.
We are proud to say, many of the teams who competed in the three rounds have said that they will continue to move forward with their projects, and fight for more environmentally proactive spaces, despite not making it to the final round. Because of these motivated teens, the future of Guerrilla Green looks like a relatable resource for students to understand and incorporate environmental sustainability into their most used spaces. The conversation will be run by students, for students. The easiest way to get a teen to understand that going green is easy, is by showing them that it’s possible.
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Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released “The Green Schools Investment Guide for Healthy, Efficient and Inspiring Learning Spaces,” a free downloadable resource for K-12 schools and communities that demonstrates how schools can implement healthy and resource-efficient building improvements.
The Green Schools Investment Guide outlines the steps that any school stakeholder – from school administrators and elected officials to staff and students to parents and businesses – can take to transform their local schools. The 70-page, action-oriented resource demonstrates how investments in America’s school buildings can improve student and staff well-being and academic performance, conserve scarce resources and foster thriving and sustainable communities.
This collaboration is part of the Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple initiative, a cause-marketing effort that gives individuals companies and organizations the opportunity to transform all our schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places for students. Through this collaboration, Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools will develop a joint fundraising model to tackle our nation’s deferred school maintenance bill by implementing school improvement projects, addressing school finance barriers and providing tools to educators.
The Green School Investment Guide is the first product of a joint initiative of Architecture for Humanity and the Center for Green Schools. We’re working together to create and apply resources that show how communities can make healthy building improvements in their schools.
At the heart of every healthy community, we see a green school: a healthy, safe, inspiring and resource efficient place for learning and leadership. We believe that every school can serve as a center for community life and an engine of renewal. We believe that where we learn matters.