New energy-efficient HISD campus at Berry Elementary School in NE Houston dedicated


A dedication was held Monday morning at Berry Elementary in northeast Houston. The school is among several schools in the Green School Challenge, where students track how much energy is used at their campus and find ways to cut back.

"This whole planet uses life, so we should really take care of it," said 5th grader Erick Velazquez.

At Berry Elementary, you'll find water collection barrels, an outdoor garden, smart boards in classrooms and a new high-tech library. The school expects to use 38 percent less water and 25 percent less energy than other schools its size.

"The kids have responsibilities. So we're teaching kids about energy conversation, water conservation," said Berry Elementary School Principal Deborah Silber.

Even the curriculum here is all about going green: Each grade has learning pods about energy and their music classes use handmade recycled instruments

"It goes home. We have examples where parents are now recycling when they were not recycling before," Silber said.

HISD has plans on having more schools going green in the district.

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