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FAU Environmental Education Center

Boca Raton, FL

The Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (EEC) is pioneering a new direction for schools in Florida as it includes several innovative program objectives.  The first is the location of the EEC and a public elementary school within the 150-acre Pine Jog Nature Preserve. The second is that both the replacement EEC and the K-5 elementary school will be LEED® certified.  The third innovation comes through the multiple synergies that will occur between the state-of-the-art school and environmental center.  The buildings will be designed to make many of their environmental benefits obvious to the occupants and teachers – the buildings themselves will teach.

The EEC will attract staff and graduate students who can help the elementary school teachers infuse environmental responsibility into the elementary school curricula.  In turn, the elementary school can augment the university-based community-oriented educational mission of the EEC, which will come through shared use of program areas such as food service and CCTV facilities and student teaching opportunities.

The Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (EEC) is pioneering a new direction for schools in Florida as it includes several innovative program objectives.  The first is the location of the EEC and a public elementary school within the 150-acre Pine Jog Nature Preserve. The second is that both the replacement EEC and the K-5 elementary school will be LEED® certified.  The third innovation comes through the multiple synergies that will occur between the state-of-the-art school and environmental center.  The buildings will be designed to make many of their environmental benefits obvious to the occupants and teachers – the buildings themselves will teach.

The EEC will attract staff and graduate students who can help the elementary school teachers infuse environmental responsibility into the elementary school curricula.  In turn, the elementary school can augment the university-based community-oriented educational mission of the EEC, which will come through shared use of program areas such as food service and CCTV facilities and student teaching opportunities.