ZNE K-12 School: Redding School for the Arts
Redding School for the Arts in Northern California connects education and arts for K-8 students in a community of 90,000 people. The school was originally created in August 1999 in response to the rapid decline of arts programs in local schools. In 2011, the charter school opened a new facility with an ambitious goal of zero net energy, while dedicating only 2% of the budget to renewable energy systems. In this project, these systems were characterized as photovoltaic solar panels, wind generation and included geothermal bore fields. The two-story, 77,000 square feet building includes classrooms, art rooms, music and dance spaces, a library and information center, a cooking classroom and a technology room.