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Taikang Elementary School



The school has long suffered from flooding problems after heavy rains, a poor drainage system, and soil compaction. In addition, carbon reduction and energy saving is also our main focus. By participating in the Sustainable Campus Project, we hope to create a sustainable environment with low carbon emission where we can raise studentsˇ¦ environmental awareness. Our project is described as follows: I. Improving the Campus Environment A. Permeable pavement a. Permeable turf: We set up a permeable green belt of 94.5 square meters in front of the north classroom building by using permeable, non-woven materials and interlocking brick pavers. The green belt is able to hold grey water that comes out of the sinks and rainwater on the surface of the interlocking pavers. b. Infiltration ditch: The green belt is designed to hold water so as to solve the following problems: poor drainage of the interlocking brick pavers in the front of the north classroom building, compacted soil that gathered puddles under the trees after rain, and hard tarmac pavement on the south of the track. With this design, rainwater that infiltrates the pavement will be held underground, ensuring a safer road for pedestrians. c. Infiltration passage: We redesigned the old passage on the side entrance by using the same design as in the infiltration ditch. By recycling existing road material back into the new pavement with greater permeability, we have solved the problem of roads becoming muddy and slick after rain. d. Pebble-coated infiltration ditch: The drainage ditch on the south of the track has been an integral part of the schoolˇ¦s drainage system, but it was clogged and blocked by mud and tree roots. We rearranged its height according to the drainage direction and measured its flow rate to make sure that it works well with the drainage system and the permeable turf. We then connected the infiltration ditch to the underground infiltration layer to facilitate water holding and drainage. B. Rainwater recycle and reuse Every day, more than 180 liters of water are used for hand washing in the school. In order to recycle the grey water from the sinks, we renovated the existing sinks and installed two drain holes on them so that grey water without toxic substances could be directed to the plants in the green belt and grey water not suitable for watering plants to the drainage ditch. The design works together with the permeable pavement in that it recycles grey water and that the permeable pavement holds the water under the ground. II. Implementation of Environmental Courses While we worked on creating a sustainable and low-carbon school, we also started to establish a curriculum that focuses on energy saving, water saving, and indoor environmental quality. The courses in the curriculum introduce students to the permeable green belt and the grey water system in the school, ecological infiltration and purification, water quality monitoring, electricity saving, indoor environmental quality, and school plants identification. In addition, these courses also use eco-friendly and natural ingredients as teaching materials for students to create installation art that tells stories of forests. By taking the courses, students are given the opportunity to participate in the low-carbon campus project. With an emphasis on providing education in daily life, we hope that these courses can encourage our students to contribute to building a sustainable environment with low carbon emission
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  • Taikang Elementary School
  • System: Elementary
  • Report year: 2014
  • Area: South Taiwan
  • County: Tainan