In 2009, the S.C. Arts Commission's Design Arts program and AIA South Carolina will join organizations from across the state to examine how school design and siting practices can contribute to the development of sustainable communities.
Acting as one of six states involved in a national effort spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, South Carolina will work to achieve two main goals:
- Identify existing barriers to developing community-centered schools
- Recommend policies for making this choice in school design a more feasible option
S.C. Sustainable Schools and Communities Summit
To achieve these goals, the S.C. Arts Commission and the S.C. Arts Foundation, partnering with The Riley Institute at Furman, the S.C. chapter of CEFPI and AIA/SC, with special thanks to Lindsey Moore, Frances Kablick, and all other S.C. Design Arts Partnership members, will host the S.C. Sustainable Schools and Communities Summit Sept. 29-30, 2009, in Greenville, S.C. The summit will emphasize planning community-based schools and designing and maintaining outstanding school facilities in S.C.
For more information about the S.C. Sustainable Schools and Communities Summit, please contact Sara June Goldstein at (803) 734-8694.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has assembled a collection of resources to help people learn more about neighborhood schools and "Why Johnny Can't Walk to School in the Age of Sprawl."
More about the School Design and Sustainable Communities Initiative. Form is in portable document format (PDF). (How To Use PDFs)