HMC Architects’ PreK-12 Practice Leader Brian Meyers will present at “Ed Design: Net Zero” hosted by the American Institute of Architects Central Valley (AIACV) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) on April 27.  Meyers will discuss the HMC-designed Floyd Farms and Sacramento City Unified School District’s response to its first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) project.

Floyd Farms at Leataata Floyd Elementary will be home to a city-run community garden, Food Literacy Center’s cooking school and student gardens managed by the nonprofit’s program staff. The project will serve the elementary school’s 330 students and their families, students throughout the district, and the community. Established in 2011, Food Literacy Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) with the mission of inspiring kids to eat their vegetables. The organization provides after-school programming to children in Sacramento City Unified School District schools that teach cooking and nutrition to improve health, economy, and the environment. The new facility incorporates the latest technology with practical applications for kids and will produce its own energy with solar panels, allowing the nonprofit to keep its operating costs low.

Meyers will be joined by California State Architect Ida Clair who will share California’s strategies to reach its ZNE goals and Lionakis’ Laura Knauss who will present a case study on San Francisco Unified School District’s first ZNE project, Claire Lilienthal Elementary School. The AIACV CAE is a group of local architects and allied professionals that come together to share knowledge with the common purpose of improving the quality and design of educational environments.  To learn more or to register, visit the AIACV website.

Watch the video below to learn more about this project and its impact on the Sacramento community.