About two dozen students from the Cherry Hill East High School, who are studying sustainable design, visited the Watershed Center recently for a daylong exploration of the building’s green features.
The students, one of a handful of high school groups to visit the Watershed this year, gathered evidence and recorded their observations about the Watershed’s sustainability. They named a few features, such as the Watershed Center’s geothermal heating, rain gardens and stormwater swales, which minimize the environmental impact of human activities.
The students then competed in a lively game of Green Jeopardy, similar to the television game show, and demonstrated their knowledge of the information they had just gathered. For example, in the game’s category, “You Really Drain Me,” they were asked what one calls an area of land that drains into a specific body of water?
Hint, hint: The game’s answer: “What is a Watershed”?
The students took an audio tour of the Watershed Center & Reserve, learning in detail about the innovative strategies for conserving and managing water and energy. At the end of the day, they explored the elements that are required to become Platinum LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.