Green Street Academy (Sustainability)

Green Street Academy (GSA) is an innovative, public charter middle/high school.  The school inspires scholars with sustainability and prepares them for college and careers through project-based learning. This redevelopment project transformed the former Gwynns Falls Park High School from near abandonment to a state-of-the-art community anchor.  The sustainable building is shaping a generation of citizens who are prepared to create a greener and more sustainable world.  The school achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the Schools 2009 rating system. This is the highest rating achievable and ranks GSA in the top 4 percent of all schools. At the time in May 2016, it was the second largest K-12 project in the world, and the only one in Baltimore and Maryland, to be certified Platinum under the LEED for Schools 2009 rating system. 

 Sustainability and Resiliency strategies integrated into the process and project, include: 

Site 

  • Connections to community and neighborhoods 
  • Shares building and site with the Kingdom Life Church 
  • Allows school to grow in future with master plan 
  • Supports public transportation, bikes and pedestrians 
  • Reduces total amount of parking and shares with the church 
  • Preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles and carpools 
  • Maximizes open space & outdoor learning areas 
  • Reduces “heat island effect” with reflective roofs 

Water 

  • Uses water efficient landscaping 
  • 30 percent modeled water use reduction 
  • Reduces kitchen process water use 

Energy 

  • 38 percent modeled energy reduction 
  • Enhanced commissioning system verification 
  • 7.5 percent on-site renewable energy with photovoltaic parking canopies 

Materials 

  • Reuses 100 percent of existing building’s walls, floors, roofs 
  • Reuses 66 percent of existing interior non-structural elements 
  • 84 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills 
  • 41 percent recycled materials installed 
  • 20 percent regional materials installed 

Indoor Environment

  • Indoor air quality during construction and occupancy 
  • Provides acoustical performance for all learning areas 
  • Installs low emitting (no-to-low VOC) materials 
  • Group and individual control – thermal comfort and lighting 
  • Provides daylight and views to exterior 

Learn more about the architecture of Green Street Academy.

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