The Sustainability Workshop is a new, alternative high school experience for 30 public school seniors that started up this fall, in a fantastic Victorian building at the Navy Yard. Instead of traditional classroom learning separated by subject, students engage with real world problems in energy-efficiency, design, and sustainability. School days at the Sustainability are centered on projects that apply students’ foundational math, science, art, and engineering skills through collaborative, creative, hands-on ways. No surprise, the school was started by Simon Hauger, the man behind the Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School.
The Sustainability Workshop is operated in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Drexel University, with the support of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings (GPIC), a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub. Student work will contribute to GPIC’s energy-efficiency research. GPIC posted the mini-documentary above about the Sustainability Workshop on its HUBlog, and I couldn’t resist sharing because school has never looked cooler.
Flying Kite recently visited The Sustainability Workshop, and talked shop with its students and creators.