US (MN): High school builds 'energy classroom' greenhouse

Martin Luther High School is in the process of building a greenhouse, but not just your average greenhouse.

Principal Paul Steinhaus refers to it as an “energy classroom.” It will be a 36-foot by 32-foot building that will be half greenhouse with a classroom/shop. It will be heated by a geothermal system, biomass and solar power.

“I call it an energy classroom because of all the different aspects we hope to promote and use,” Steinhaus said. “It is more than just a greenhouse.”

He shared his thoughts on some planned uses of the classroom.

“[The high school] built a car that runs on ethanol and we want to make our own fuel in the classroom,” Steinhaus said. “We want to use not just the passive solar dynamic of the greenhouse, but we also want to capture it in electricity form.”

There will be four aquaponics systems in the classroom.

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