Green School Bali, among many other accolades, has been named the Greenest School on Earth, by the US Green Building Council. Every year, the United States Green Building Council names one school as it’s winner of the Greenest School on Earth award. There are several environmental sustainability factors taken into consideration in determining the winner of this award. Firstly, the school has no impact in terms of everything from energy and water use to waste and pollution. Next the school must place an emphasis on maintaining and improving the health of students. The final criteria, is that the school must educate and encourage students to be green both in school and at home.
Green School Bali has a student body of 240 children of all ages and nationalities, receiving an exceptional education in all major subject areas, from preschool to high school. The school has students from more than 25 countries. While admission to the school can be considered exclusive and costly, Green School Bali also offers scholarships to students, including local Balinese children. The school provides an education founded on experimental and entrepreneurial learning, with a focus on environmental matters. The school’s lessons are frequently held outside the classroom, in a natural environment, with hands-on applications of their learning. The school’s mission statement is to deliver an education that empowers students with the knowledge and skill sets to be a successful and contributing member of the global community, while ensuring that students are instilled with a sense of environmental responsibility, and expanding their perspectives on moving forward in a sustainable way.
The concept for Green School Bali was designed around being as zero-impact as possible. Only a small number of trees were used to build the structures, and most were re-planted elsewhere. The campus also has a number of live trees as part of the built structures. The buildings were also laid out in line with the area’s topography, in such a way that they would require no excavation. The campus is almost entirely constructed of Bamboo, alongside a variety of other natural and renewable resources, that are native to the region. Among the elements used in the construction of Green School Bali are volcanic stone, alang-alang thatch, mud wall, and rammed earth.
The campus employees open-air structures to encourage as much natural air flow, and lighting, as possible. The buildings also use a unique air condition system within enclosed spheres, which maintain adequate cooling, even on sweltering days, without consuming a great deal of energy. The school is also deploying a network of solar, hydro and bio-gas installations throughout the campus to achieve 100 percent self-sufficient energy. Most of the food served at Green School is grown on the campus, including completely organic fruits, vegetables and rice. In line with the school’s methods of teaching through first-hand experiences, students also take part in some of the school’s unique environmental campaigns, which include initiatives to preserve endangered birds through specially built aviaries and teaching organic farming methods to local farmers.