New Carrboro High School a Green Model

Close to home (or my home anyway) the new Carrboro High School opened last week. It's one of the most green High Schools in the state.

Here's an excerpt from a recent Daily Tar Heel story about it:

Besides solar panels to help heat water and provide electricity, light sensors to minimize fluorescent lighting and organic carpet, the school has three cisterns that will each hold 35,000 gallons of rainwater to help with toilet flushing and irrigation.

This will save Carrboro High 1.2 million gallons of water per year, Thomas said.

School officials are in the process of obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the building. This national ranking system labels buildings "green" for their sustainable qualities.

You can read the full story here.

I think every single new school or municipal building that opens up should be the most environmentally advanced in the state that day. Green technologies are becoming cheaper and more available, and everyone should strive to construct new buildings utilizing the best tools available.

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