A Campus that Teaches Sustainability and More
Whether teaching science, literature or physical education, GSA teachers spend a lot of time outdoors with students. This inspired us to create a campus that encourages and empowers outdoor studies.
One of the most visible features on campus is a 5,000 gallon rainwater cistern. When the cistern is full, water is piped to the bioswale which filters and absorbs overflow.
Students study native plants in science class, and most of the plants on campus are native to Central Texas. These drought-tolerant plants are functional and beautiful. A rooftop garden supports their students.
Students and teachers wanted classrooms with abundant natural light. To reduce heat transfer, architects carefully considered window placement. Openings in the tree canopy were used to provide light into the classrooms. Windows to the south are shaded, a few windows face to the west side.
The campus serves as a source of inspiration and instruction for sustainable living. The Girls’ School of Austin was awarded a 4-Star rating by Austin Energy Green Building in recognition of sustainable practices in its building design and construction.
- Water Conservation
- Rainwater collection
- Energy Efficient
- Air Quality
- Outdoor Classrooms
- Outdoor Spaces
- Environmental Impact
- 4-Star Green Building