Episode 317: Greening Schools

Original Airdate: 
Monday, April 16, 2012 - Sunday, April 22, 2012
Next Airdate: 
Monday, August 6, 2012 - Sunday, August 12, 2012

Eco Company visits a school that is doing everything to be sustainable. From their greenhouse and organic garden, to their energy monitoring systems and the new LEED Gold awarded science building with a living roof, this school is getting it right. Jordan visits the campus and discovers students who regularly check the tire air pressure of commuter’s vehicle to help maximize fuel consumption! We hadn’t seen that before.

Plus...gleaning for your schools cafeteria. Did you know that as much as 30 percent of all produce grown on farms is plowed under because it doesn't look good enough to be sold in supermarkets? It's true. But Eco Company found one organization that is gleaning the rejected crops of organic farmers to provide local schools with healthier lunches. It's free...and they say you could do it too.

Then Eco Company visits the campus of Santa Clara University where a team of students are participating in a bi-annual competition called the Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. What do they have to do to win? They must design and build the greenest, most energy efficient house. They build it, then dismantle it and take it to the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C. to be judged. Adam gets a tour of the home they are readying for this year's competition. It's possibly a preview of homes of the future.

Finally we cover a lot of ground...as Brendan and Jordan find out what's going on at the Breaking Ground Conference and discover teens planting 10,000 seedlings a year, using creativity to create art from trash and sprucing up their neighborhoods...literally!