Setting out Foundations
Congratulations to: Gail Sims (CPA Green Technology Grant Advisor), Chris Auld, Brady Mitchell, Heather Jackson, John Rutherford and Jen Kohl, all teachers at Vintage High School in Napa, California, who applied for, and were awarded a “California Partnership Academy (CPA) Green Technology Grant.”
Green Technology pathway courses are designed for students in grades ten through twelve. Developed in partnership with the State of California Department of Education, the local Napa Valley School District, and business/community partners to promote an educational pathway for high school students specifically in the field of green technology. Grant funds are designed to launch the program over a three-year period and at the end of the initial funding period the CPA Green Technology pathway is self sustainable based on curriculum, partnerships, and products produced.
The project is multi-disciplinary, involving the following classes:
• Sustainable Construction
• Alternative Energy/Physics
• Business Marketing/Management
The design of the initial school YardPod is not conventional. The roof is sloped more than usual in order to give the construction class experience in laying roof tiles. Also, the wall construction has been selected to provide experience with different materials and assemblies. Two walls are SIPs, one is Light Gauge Steel framing, and one is wood framing.