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The Sustainable Answer Key


Architecture for Humanity is partnering with NCB Capital Impact to create a step-by-step guide for charter schools seeking to integrate green elements into their school facilities ( The guide will be a supplement to NCB’s charter school guide, The Answer Key: How to Plan, Develop and Finance Your Charter School Facility.

The project is part of a comprehensive initiative led by NCB Capital Impact to ensure that charter schools have every opportunity to take part in the green revolution. The focus is on assisting charter schools serving low-income communities because they suffer disproportionately from polluted environments and have limited access to resources. For charter schools to operate quality schools in healthy, cost-effective buildings, they need access to affordable green technical assistance and financing options.

This publication will provide charter schools with tailored tools, budgets, and available resources on green development and facility upgrades.


Thurgood Marshall Academy

Prairie Crossing Charter School

High Tech High School


We would like to thank NCB Capital Impact for spearheading the project with the USGBC and to The Walton Family Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation for sponsoring the research and writing of The Sustainable Answer Key.

A special thank you to all the school administrators and peer reviewers who contributed to the content of the guide:

Elliot Alvarez, Mechanical Engineer
Anisa Baldwin Metzger, USGBC New Orleans
Carolyn Choy, KIPP Foundation
Elizabeth Cordero, Green BC
Eric Corey Freed, Urban Revision
Jill Crawford, Civic Builders
Elizabeth D’buque, Gateway High School
Beth Galante, Global Green, New Orleans
Brian Greene, Prairie Crossing Charter School
Nik Kaestner, SFUSD
Emily Knupp, USGBC Washinton D.C.
Trung Le, Cannon Design
Martha Martin, Pocatello Community Charter School
Tina McGovern, Gateway High School
Joan Murphy, Insulation Station
Liz Ogbu, Public Architecture
Bill Orr, CHPS
SooZee Park, Leadership PS Charter School
John Peterson, Public Architecture
Glen R. Pierce, PCSD
Michelle Sakayan, Sakayan Inc.
David Schlossman, Thurgood Marshall Academy
Jessica Sher, Thurgood Marshal Academy
Pauline Souza, USGBC California
Jenna Stauffer, Lighthouse Charter School

In addition, we are grateful to many professionals, volunteers and others who lent their time and their talents to developing the guide:

Jessica Williams
Elizabeth Cohn-Martin
Amanda Bensel
Rob Karas
Heather Johnson
Meghan Dorrian
Sarah Rowden
Erin Terry
Michelle Nelson
Renee Bisell


NCB Capital Impact: The Answer Key

Project Details

NAME: The Sustainable Answer Key
PROJECT LEAD: NCB Capital Impact
LOCATION: Unspecified location
START DATE: November 18, 2009
PROJECT TYPE: Education Facility - Primary School, Education Facility - Secondary School
DESIGN FELLOW: Sumita Mukherjee


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