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The Obama Girls Go Green at School

On Friday, CasaSugar let you know about the American Institute of Architecture's offer to help the White House become an international model of energy efficiency. If President-elect Barack Obama takes AIA up on the offer, he'll really be getting somewhere with his aforementioned green building goals. But, as it turns out, Obama has already begun to walk the walk: after much ado, he and Michelle have decided to send their daughters, Malia and Sasha, to an environmentally friendly, LEED-platinum school, the Sidwell Friends School in D.C. To hear about the school's eco-friendly architecture,


When Sidwell decided to construct a new middle school, which was completed in September 2006, the school opted for sustainable design to express its commitment to environmental stewardship. Some of its eco-friendly components include constructed wetlands, water-efficient landscaping, use of local, regional, and recycled materials, a green roof, natural ventilation, and solar panels. In March 2007, it was awarded a LEED Platinum rating, making it not only the first K-12 school in the United States to have such a rating, but also the first LEED Platinum building in all of D.C.

Sidwell Friends also offsets electricity and gas for all buildings on both campuses as well as employee travel through the purchase of carbon offsets, and 50 percent of its energy purchased is from wind energy. The school also practices green housekeeping, food service, and composting. Now, that's walking the talk! Maybe Sidwell Friends' architects, KieranTimberlake, can show the White House a thing or two.
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Womenfest Womenfest 8 years
Sounds like a good choice of school for the girls.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
that's good! that sounds like a great school!
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I just love this! I was a huge fan of Greensburg before I had my cable changed and my new provider doesn't carry the Green Planet (or is it Planet Green?) Channel. I believe the development of enviromentally friendly businesses, on a large scale, will do good things for our economy in the long run. Just the idea of putting solar panels on the roofs of, say, 1,500 homes for free, that would provide a lot of jobs to take care of the cleaning and maintenance of the solar panels in the long run. I agree with his idea that green development of our country will help the eceonomy.
em1282 em1282 8 years
How awesome. :) Also, completely off-topic, but I seriously just have to smile at those cute kids and his Sox hat. Gotta love a guy who likes my team ;)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Their choice of school doesn't surprise me. It's very well-regarded in DC. I think it would be great if the Whitehouse became a greener building, especially if the changes they implement save money in the longrun.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
really cool!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Oh! I just went to a big conference where we talked about LEED. Too bad it's currently only for new construction on homes, and I can't get my 1908-built home certified even though it meets all of the requirements.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
wadewifey- maybe they can start with the small things that are also money-saving in the long run. Sidwell Friends is where Chelsea went, and she turned out great! And these photos are so cute.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I posted a link to key parts of his economic plan, but it was flagged. ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years Here is the video where he talks about key parts of his economic plan.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
In his weekly internet address today, he introduced part of his economic recovery plan. Part of it was making Federal buildings and schools more energy efficient, which will create jobs and save tax payer money long term. But those are just parts of the plan... I will post a link in a second. Also, did anyone hear about how he is making documents from offical meetings available to the public (as long as they don't include confidential information)? Here is part of the email: Everyday, we meet with organizations that present ideas for the Transition and the incoming Obama-Biden Administration. In past transitions, meetings like this have been held behind closed doors. Not anymore. Today, every Obama-Biden Transition staff member received a memo outlining the "Seat at the Table" Transparency Policy. I've included a copy of it below. The policy is pretty simple: the people and groups we're meeting with, the subjects of the meetings, and any documents shared in the meetings will now be made available on Most importantly, the American public can weigh in with comments or their own materials. ...They included the memo at the bottom of the email.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
cool Making the White House more environmentally friendly would be awesome, but were in an economic slump. No money for it.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Too cool! The initial investment to build the school would be huge.. but it would easily make its money back in energy cost savings. And yeah..lets see more of these innovations applied to the poor aging White House.
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