Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Combining Innovative Renewable and Native American Technologies in the Design of a Sustainable Outdoor Classroom

EPA Grant Number: SU834298
Title: Combining Innovative Renewable and Native American Technologies in the Design of a Sustainable Outdoor Classroom
Investigators: Fitch, John
Current Investigators: Fitch, John , Bayona, Laura , Brookbank, Ryan , Stacy, Heidi
Institution: Florida Gulf Coast University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2010
Project Amount: $9,994
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2009) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Challenge Area - Energy , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Tribal Environmental Health Research , P3 Awards , Sustainability

Objective:

(1) to integrate Seminole Tribal building technology with emerging innovative renewable technologies to create a productive sustainable "outdoor" learning classroom; and (2) to use the energy of the design process to create an innovative learning opportunity for all project participants.

Approach:

(1) to identify important sustainable technologies embodied in the Seminole "chickee" design; (2) to identify potential innovative renewable technologies compatible with the "chickee" design; (3) to bring together stakeholders including college and K-6 students and faculty, Seminole building experts, and sustainable energy experts in "charrettes" to evaluate technological opportunities, to design the classroom, to build a scale model, and to develop a monitoring plan to evaluate its effectiveness.

Expected Results:

(1) detailed design plans for a sustainable outdoor learning classroom, (2) a scale model of the planned sustainable outdoor learning classroom, (3) a description of the process of design and the contributions of the various stakeholders, and (4) a monitoring plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the sustainable outdoor classroom.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 3 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

Sustainable development; clean, innovative, renewable technologies; decision-making; cost-benefit; community-based; conservation; ecology; social science; engineering; monitoring; analytical; measurement methods; Southeast,

Progress and Final Reports:

Final Report