The Natural Bridges High School / Green Career Projects:
The Natural Bridges Green Career Center is an alternative education program that motivates and prepares youth (ages 15-18) to pursue careers in the emerging green-tech workforce. Projects implemented by IDEASS combine educational goals with sustainable mitigation strategies. In 2010, IDEASS students decided to design, install and monitor a rainwater catchment and irrigation system to support the school’s vegetable garden and to reduce the school’s demand for municipally distributed water. Another team has been awarded funds to purchase equipment and design a system that replaces interior lighting with solar-tubes a passive solar technology. Each of the technological solutions piloted on site are coupled with the design and implementation of hands-on-curriculum for the youth.