Raleigh Architect Guides Middle School Towards Local Environmental Education Competition

Don Kranbuehl, AIA, PE

PBC+L’s Don Kranbuehl mentors Moore Square Magnet Middle School.

April 23, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — Don Kranbuehl, AIA, an associate with the architectural firm Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L), has been mentoring Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School in downtown Raleigh to help the school establish an environmental club, aptly named the “Green Team,” and to compete in the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Competition sponsored by the Triangle chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). On Saturday, April 28, Kranbuehl’s Green Team and other participating student groups will display their efforts during the Triangle USGBC’s “Generation Green: Celebrating A New Generation of Builders” event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

Kranbuehl was instrumental in organizing the Triangle USGBC’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Competition, in which student groups from four Wake County middle schools are competing to improve energy efficiency, water-use efficiency, recycling and indoor air quality at their schools.

Winners from the competition will be announced during a special awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. With the support of the Atkins Foundation, prizes totaling $4000 will be awarded to the schools based on implementation and improvement.

Leading up to the competition, Kranbuehl praised the efforts of the Moore Square students and faculty.

Moore Square has done a great job teaching children about the importance of protecting the environment and our natural resources,” he said. “I wanted to help with their efforts because I think it is important for our profession to teach the community about the importance of sustainability, and it seems one of the best ways to do that is through teaching the next generation. The kids at Moore Square are so enthusiastic and have done a great job in our USGBC Triangle competition. Our Green Schools committee developed the energy competition because we thought it would be both fun and educational.”

Moore Square has a long history of creating a sustainable and healthy school environment and its efforts in this competition helped secure a nomination for the U.S. Department of Education’s national “Green Ribbon Schools” honor. Three other North Carolina schools were also nominated, including American Hebrew Academy, Greensboro; Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville; and Green Hope High School, Cary.

Kranbuehl is a member of the NC Triangle Chapter of the USGBC and has served on that organization’s Green Schools Committee for the past three years. He is both a licensed architect and licensed structural engineer. He received a Master of Architecture and a Master in Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech after completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University. He worked with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago before joining PBC+L in 2005. Since 2007, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the North Carolina State University College of Design.

PBC+L is an active corporate sponsor of Moore Square Middle School’s “Green Team.” For more information on the firm, visit www.pbclarchitecture.com.

For more information on “Generation Green,” visit www.triangleusgbc.org.

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