“As we all know, wa­ter­fronts are be­ing con­verted, but you usu­ally only get res­i­den­tial and of­fice tow­ers, so it’s great to see a pub­lic school be built. It’s like a det­o­na­tor – it’s bound to make more good things hap­pen around it”


What bet­ter way to teach the next gen­er­a­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity than to make the school it­self an ex­tra­or­di­nary demon­stra­tion of state-ofthe-art sus­tain­abil­ity. This is the ethos at the heart of the Copen­hagen In­ter­na­tional School, which is cov­ered in 12,000 pho­to­voltaic pan­els that pro­duce 300 megawatt hours – enough to pro­vide more than half of the school’s an­nual elec­tric­ity. An in­sti­tu­tion for 1,200 el­e­men­tary- and high­school stu­dents that dou­bles as a so­lar power plant has its ed­u­ca­tional perks. The in­ner work­ings of the teal-hued so­lar fa­cade are part of the cur­ricu­lum, which in­cludes classes in so­lar stud­ies and en­ables stu­dents to mon­i­tor the cam­pus’s en­ergy pro­duc­tion. The for­mally in­ven­tive 25,000-squareme­tre build­ing – the largest in­ter­na­tional school in Den­mark – is bro­ken down into four smaller “tow­ers” to ac­com­mo­date the var­i­ous grade lev­els, and the class­rooms are strate­gi­cally placed mainly along the build­ing’s perime­ter to op­ti­mize day­light and views. There is also a grey-wa­ter sys­tem for han­dling the school’s non-potable H2O needs.

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