Help us plant a SEEDclassroom at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh! We are growing as a school, and need additional space for our students. The SEED Classroom is a modular learning space built to last 100 years and achieve Living Building Challenge certification, the most aspirational and stringent rating system for green and healthy buildings. This unique classroom honors and embodies our values as a school, and provides an excellent learning environment. We intend to use the classroom to grow student minds and experiences, to serve as a model for other schools in the region, and to build stronger community connections with our surrounding neighborhoods. Help us meet our $25,000 goal for this fundraiser!
Imagine an ideal culminating environment for a Waldorf School eighth grade class. The SEEDclassroom will integrate into upper grades science programming and expand the students’ need and ability for exploration, critical thinking and problem solving. Whether in physics, organic chemistry, or anatomy, the curriculum of 8th Grade is reflected within the SEEDclassroom and thus an ideal experience for our oldest students.
Imagine a classroom that is inspiring, healthy, and restorative for students and teachers. A learning environment that prioritizes wellness, student development, experiential learning, teacher happiness, and community relationships.
Imagine a classroom that generates all of its own energy, and treats all of its water. A classroom that grows food indoors to complement the gardens outside. A learning environment with healthy indoor air and non-toxic and locally-sourced materials. A classroom that provides a living laboratory for hands-on learning opportunities.
Imagine a learning place that is beautiful, inspires, and embraces all of our school’s values for health, wellness, and development of the whole child. A place that fosters our educational philosophy of head, heart, hands.
This is a SEEDclassroom, which stands for Sustainable Education Every Day. It’s a learning environment that meets the Living Building Challenge standards, and embraces what all classrooms should be for students and teachers.
You can help us build a SEEDclassroom, and leave a legacy for years to come!
Want to learn more about the SEEDclassroom? Click here to read about some of the features that make a SEEDclassroom a healthy, productive, sustainable, and inspiring learning environment.
How Does a SEEDclassroom Work?
- Net-zero water and Net-zero energy: Due to its status as a living building, the classroom will meet all of its own energy and water needs on site. That means that over the span of 12 months the classroom will be so high performing that it will have produced its own water, through collection, and its own energy, through solar.
- Healthy, non-toxic materials: There are absolutely no toxic materials used in the SEEDclassroom, which makes the air free and clear of all of the chemical toxins normally found in many classrooms that make kids and teachers sick.
- Abundant natural daylight and connection to the outdoors: Recognizing the correlation between natural light, connection to nature, and student learning, the classroom is designed with triple-paned windows and transoms, 8 Solatube skylights, lots of natural light, fresh air, and a connection to the outdoors (without compromising insulation values!).
- Solar photovoltaic array: The classroom is designed to be comfortable, well lit, and to provide all of its own energy use by solar photovoltaics. Digital monitors and an online dashboard allow students to track the energy production and consumption of the classroom and change their behaviors to see what impact they have on energy use.
- The most efficient mechanical systems available: The SEEDclassroom comes with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) for optimum ventilation and indoor air quality as well as heightened energy efficiency.
- Rainwater treatment for sinks: The classroom features a potable water treatment system where sinks are a desired option (even if the local codes doesn’t allow it to be used quite yet), which is a great learning laboratory feature.
- Rainwater collection and filtering: All of the rainwater that falls on the SEEDclassroom’s roof is collected in a primary interior cistern and secondary exterior cistern, to meet all of the classroom’s water needs. Gauges and a digital monitor allow students to track rainwater collection and use.
- Living wall fed by treated greywater: Imagine being able to grow your own classroom snacks, or have an indoor seed bed for your outdoor garden. However you use the living wall, it brings growing things right into the classroom and all the learning opportunities that come with it. The built in grey water system provides all the necessary water as well as the opportunity to understand how water moves and is collected and used.
- Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs): R-49 ceiling + R-40 wall insulation. 30% above code, our classrooms are super insulated.
- Ongoing performance monitoring led by students: Living Buildings must prove their performance to obtain certification. Supported by the SEED team, students learn to monitor the building’s energy and water usage over the course of a year.
- Check out the SEED Collaborative to learn more.