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James Berry Elementary School

Houston, Texas

Serving 750 pre-K through 5th grade students, this environmental sciences magnet school showcases sustainability strategies in construction, recycling, and energy and water conservation. Designed to a tight budget, James Berry’s new building wraps around an interior courtyard that serves as an outdoor classroom and provides each grade level with its own “learning pod” – an open teaching area accommodating group learning. Sustainable design features include rainwater collection cisterns that supply garden irrigation and large windows and skylights that introduce daylight into the interiors. Certified LEED® Silver, Berry set new standards for sustainability within the Houston Independent School District.