[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, Arizona Republic] — This spring, two sustainable buildings will replace outdated portables at the Rio Salado Adult Learning Center, 619 N. Seventh Ave. The green schoolhouses will anchor the Green Phoenix Learning Center facility just west of downtown Phoenix.
The 3,000- square-foot multipurpose buildings are designed, engineered, and built using sustainable products and materials. Built in one week, they offer space for charter school classes, after school programs and community meetings. Each $900,000 schoolhouse is funded by sponsorships with cash or in-kind donations. The Green Schoolhouse Series is a program of Brighten A Life, a non-profit organization in Scottsdale. Rio Salado College is developing curriculum in renewable energy, construction/building, alt-fuel transportation, and environmental services for students of all ages.