So, what sort of campus design strategies achieve this?
• Rethinking site water management creates a welcoming and resilient statement at the school entrance, creates new microclimates, habitats, and outdoor laboratories, is harvested for ablutions and irrigation of the grounds.
• Accessible green roofs insulate the buildings from the extreme temperatures in the valley and include a wide range of indigenous species promoting a sensory learning experience.
• Sunken play areas provide shelter from the winds with exciting and challenging terrain for active play, tailored for all ages and capabilities, chosen to promote physical and cognitive development for individuals as well as social interaction between groups.
• Vegetable gardens and orchards provide learning opportunities and food for lunches and produce for the adjacent wine farm restaurants.
• Locally endangered vegetation is rehabilitated and celebrated as part of the natural heritage and identity of the community while minimizing the school’s environmental footprint.