Sustainability

Designed With Learning & Sustainability In Mind

Sustainability Campus DesignSchool design and environment is one of the influential factors affecting academic achievement.

MEROS Academy will incorporate sustainability and ecological design in our building and operating process.  Our architecture and energy conservation plan will highlight LEED energy-savings and utilize environmentally friendly materials.  Not only will we build with recycled shipping containers, we will also incorporate solar panels, natural lighting, water saving appliances and low-impact landscaping.

Architecture and Achievement

The condition of school facilities is one of the most influential factors when evaluating academic achievement.[1] With this in mind, MEROS Academy has collaborated with architects to create a campus that is designed to inspire students to be creative and forward thinking. In a report compiled by the American Association of School Administrators, it was stated that:

Students are more likely to prosper when their environment is conducive to learning. Architecture can be designed to support greater safety and security. Environmentally responsive heating, air conditioning and ventilating systems, for example, either in a new or renovated school, provide a more comfortable learning environment. Such well-designed systems send a powerful message to kids about the importance their community places on education.[2]

Every aspect of MEROS Academy’s campus communicates the importance of excellence in education. Utilizing steel intermodal containers, recycled shipping containers, is an innovative idea that is both economical and environmentally friendly. The result is a student-friendly, ‘cool’ place to learn. We also believe it important to communicate to our students that simple everyday efforts can have real impact here in Jacksonville.

Students will benefit from:

  •  Footprint integrated elements to promote health and fitness.
  • Physical environments supporting the acquisition of knowledge.
  • Social aspects promoting individual and collaborative learning.
  • Learning centered environment that is inclusive and engaging.

 


[1] Poverty, Education, and the American Dream in Contemporary Rural America Final 2011, http://povertyeducationfinal2011.posterous.com/educational-environment

[2] Preparing Schools and School Systems for the 21st Century; Page 53, American Association of School Administrators, 1999 ISBN:0-87652-235-5