GBC Unit 4 - Sustainable Sites and Land Use

Students study how patterns of land use have changed over time and the ways in which present-day land use are not sustainable. They learn about options for green building site use and selection, and how site and landscape design can maximize natural benefits. Finally, they examine the ways in which sustainable sites safeguard the surrounding environment, conserve resources, and promote healthy living and working spaces. The hands-on audit brings students outdoors to photograph key areas of their school site. They study various aspects of the site (i.e. amount of impervious surface) to make recommendations to improve stormwater management, transportation policies, passive heating and cooling capabilities, and more.