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Midtown Community Elementary School
Neptune, New Jersey
One of the first public schools to achieve a LEED rating, the Midtown Community Elementary School
is created through a collaboration of a number of government agencies called the Schools Development
Authority (SDA) which is charged with using its $3.9 billion in funding to provide "safe, healthy, and
sustainable schools." All newly-constructed public schools in New Jersey funded through the SDA shall be built to LEED standards.
A Living Textbook
Serving 700 students (pre-K through grade 5), the 149,000-square-foot Midtown Community Elementary
School is built to teach. Features include glass doors on mechanical rooms so students can see and
learn about the schools energy-saving systems; transparent, raised flooring allowing students to
see the structure's cabling; and a 6,000-square-foot roof garden for outdoor experiments.
Although only a single bathroom in the structure is a Clivus system, the opportunities it offers are great.
By saving over 95% of the water consumed by a standard 1.6-gallon toilet, the Foam-flush toilet will
demonstrate that water need not be wasted for flushing. The planned instruction in the compost system's
conversion of toilet waste into soil amendment will, no doubt, make a lasting impression.