We visited a Japanese green school today! This reinforced for me that green design is the balance of human life and activity with local surroundings.
Poster explaining how the snow is used
One of the green features of this green school is to use snow for air conditioning in the summer. In this region of Niigata approx 10 feet of snow accumulates every winter. People often enter and exit their homes through the second story windows, but the summers are hot enough to grow tomatoes.
I met a "snow man" and he had a solution to save energy of electricity for air conditioning.
I am currently on a two week trip to Japan with the Japan-American Watershed Stewardship program (JAWS). I am helping to lead 30 high school students from all over the US around Japan to look at watersheds and wetlands. My purpose is to help interpret the watershed issues in the US and Japan, help students synthesize what they see and learn, and prepare them to return to the US to conduct a watershed and culture project in their communities.
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