The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) announced its Top Ten Green Projects for 2011. The awards include the Greensburg Schools, Greensburg, Kansas, which were rebuilt using sustainable principles after a tornado destroyed the town, and High Tech High, Chula Vista, California. Students at this high school learn by doing—both indoors and out. The design of the school supports its educational philosophy and methodology by allowing easy access between interior and exterior and integrating built and natural environments. The site features bioswales and rainwater catchment and reuse along with natural ventilation, ample daylight, and a photovoltaic array.
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