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Rebuilt elementary in Palm Beach County (Fla.) district emphasizes sustainability (w/Video)

The re-designed, eco-friendly Galaxy Elementary School in Boynton Beach, Fla., has opened its "green" doors to 580 students. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the new facility, rebuilt on the 53-year old campus, has many sustainably designed elements: an ice-storage air conditioning system that saves about 30 percent on the electric bill; floors made of organic material; compact fluorescent lighting; kitchen equipment powered by natural gas; and a rooftop garden.

The Palm Beach County district says Galaxy Elementary was designed and built with the aim of becoming the first LEED Platinum-certified new public school campus in Florida.

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