This academy's series of courses will provide high school students with an introduction into the growing field of Green Technologies and Sustainable Construction, such as; alternative energy, sustainable development/careers, green building assessment (LEED accreditation and certification) and more. In this three year program, students will participate in a combination of interactive classroom instruction, internships and externships with green businesses, agencies and non-profit organizations. In addition, internship opportunities will provide students with the exposure to the green career opportunities and sustainable development and higher education choices. The curriculum will emphasize a global view of environmental monitoring and the economic analysis of the building with green technologies. The program will be enhanced with guest speakers, presenters and field trips.
The Owl Box project came about through an existing partnership the Salinas High Green Construction Academy has with the Monterey Regional Waste Management District. Every year the academy goes to the Marina facility/landfill for a tour with Jeff Lindenthal the Director of Communications and Sustainability. This past year, the MRWMD underwent a dramatic transformation in their recycling facility where they recycle over 90% of the material that comes into the facility. With this, they also needed to control their rodent population. A family of owls living in an owl box can to eat up to 4,000 rodents a year so working in conjunction with the MRWMD and Humane and Wildlife Control Agency, the Salinas High Green Construction Academy was asked to build twelve owl boxes for the facility. Jim Warwick and I had a meeting with the two agencies regarding the construction of the owl boxes to come up with a proper design. After a design/model was accepted, we ordered the material and began construction. The Green Academy students cut out, assembled and applied a finish to the owl boxes. In the end, Mr. James Nichols had two students, Ariane Decanay and Berenice Hernandez create posters in English and Spanish for their display at the facility. It was a great learning experience for students to take part in this community project with a local business.
"Tiny House" is a project built in conjunction with local stakeholders, students and educators in Salinas, CA.
2017 Green Academy Field Trip: GIANT'S Stadium
2017 Green Academy Field Trip: Levi's Stadium
2017 Green Academy Field Trip: Wind Turbines
2016/17 Field Trip LEVI'S Stadium
2016/17 Field Trip Veteran's Administration Building REVISIT