Case studies: How school building data supports student learning

Published on: 
19 Mar 2020
Jenny Wiedower

Learn how elementary and middle school students improve their schools’ sustainability performance while learning STEM and communications skills by using the Building Learners program. In two new case studies, you’ll hear from and see images of teachers, students and supporters bringing learning to life by mapping their school’s eco-footprint.

Reducing food waste

At Briarwood Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas, a second grade teacher, a local green building professional, and the school district’s sustainability director worked together to design and implement a cafeteria waste audit and subsequent food waste reduction campaign that would cut food waste by 25% in one week.

In Case Study: Briarwood Elementary—Charting Success in the Fight Against Food Waste, learn how the project helped open lines of communication between food service staff, teaching staff and school leadership; exposed students to ways they can measure and graphically display data about food waste; and highlighted opportunities for learning about food waste across many of the subjects the second graders were studying.

Collecting performance data

In Nebraska, a seventh grade teacher and the Lincoln Public Schools’ sustainability director worked with students to gather data from students to complete a sustainability performance profile for their school. Read the case study Mickle Middle School—Engaging the School, from Surveys to Sustainability Week to learn how students developed leadership, project management and public speaking skills in the process of collecting surveys from 600 of their peers, and took the next step by proposing and implementing sustainability projects at their school.

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Find case studies, videos and recorded webcasts that describe how Building Learners can help students map their schools' sustainability performance at the Building Learners program page.

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