STEAM Day 2015 was a huge success at Northside! Parents, community members, and volunteers joined us to fill this day with meaningful and engaging experiences for students relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each class saw four different demonstrations facilitated by NASA employees, geologists, chemists, Moseley architects, Fifth Season, NES staff, and more! They also participated in a time of self-selected exploration involving designing roller coasters, exploring surface tension, building bridges, etc. Students left with plans to be chemists and an excitement to explore more about the world surrounding them.
-Submitted by Diana Lisle
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In the fifth annual awards cycle for the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards Program (GTSDA), three local land development projects received awards. An awards ceremony was held at the Power Plant at the American Tobacco Campus on April 29.
Developer Roger Perry of East-West Partners provided by brief keynote address, followed by presentation of awards to recipients by local Meteorologist Chris Hohmann of WTVD ABC11.
Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill was one of three innovative winning projects (the others were Park West Village in Cary and the Saxapahaw Rivermill Project). This redevelopment project was awarded a Gold Stewardship Development Award, the program’s highest-level award. Northside Elementary School was originally home to the African-American Orange County Training School, built in 1924, most of which had been abandoned. By redeveloping this site, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, with Timmons Group and Mosely Architects, realized a great opportunity to revitalize the Northside neighborhood while avoiding the ecological impacts that come from building on a new site. Careful deconstruction of the existing buildings permitted high rates of material reuse and recycling. The project enhanced a local greenway, a resource conservation area, and a community garden.
The project did an outstanding job of protecting water quality through use of porous pavers, porous playgrounds, green roofs, and an underground stormwater detention basin. A 60,000-gallon underground cistern supplies provides water for toilet fixtures and a cooling tower. A second 5,000-gallon cistern irrigates the school garden. The redevelopment project preserved trees and removed invasive species. The project recently became the first LEED Platinum elementary school in North Carolina, and is one of only four LEED Platinum elementary schools in the entire country.
An interdisciplinary expert panel of judges evaluated the projects for achievement in multiple areas of sustainability:
Natural Resource Assessment
Water Quality Protection
Wildlife Habitat Protection
Vegetation Protection and Enhancement
Integration with the Community
Long-Term Management and Maintenance
Community Outreach and Education
Modeled after a sister program in the Coastal NC area, the Greater Triangle Stewardship Development Awards Program is a partnership established in 2010 among local businesses, academia, state agencies and local governments. The program incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2014. Applications for recognition in the 2016 cycle will be solicited in fall 2015.
-Submitted by the CHCCS Office of Community Relations