Between 1950 and 2000, there was an unprecedented student population boom and school districts erected thousands of portable classrooms.
There are now more than 300,000 trailer-like portables in use at K-12 schools across the nation, many of which have been in place for 30 to 40 years. They have served well beyond their expected lifespan.
Funded entirely through corporate partnerships, in-kind donations, and charitable contributions, the Green Schoolhouse Series is a unique collaboration bringing together corporations, foundations, school districts, municipalities, communities, media outlets, and volunteers to build high-performance, environmentally sustainable, LEED-Platinum designed Green Schoolhouses at Title 1, low-income public schools. Every Green Schoolhouse replaces four to ten aging portables with a permanent, multipurpose facility, ranging in size from 6,000 to 15,000 square feet.
Duro-Last is proud to be a partner with the Green Schoolhouse Series in the inaugural project, the Safari Schoolhouse, built at Roadrunner Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. Duro-Last will be contributing roofing materials to assist in building a healthy, high-performance school.
Ground breaking on this first school is scheduled for the end of November and Duro-Last Marketing Communications Director, Fred Sitter, will be there. Watch in the coming weeks for a follow up article with photos from the event.