Category Archives: Healthy Design Measures

Young Harris College Campus Center Recognized by USGBC at Georgia Capitol

By Sara Teaster, Sustainability Manager On February 3, USGBC Georgia celebrated the work of educational facilities in the state that are creating healthy and efficient learning environments. The third annual High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day at the Georgia Capitol … Continue reading

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Checking-in with Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Design Guidelines

“The environments in which we live affect not just our behaviors, but our lifelong attitudes about things like healthy eating and active lifestyles.”   – Matt Trowbridge, UVA Professor & USGBC Research Fellow in Fast Company In the case of schools, architects … Continue reading

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David Conrath & Doug Gehley Collaborate on Healthy Lighting Design

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming David Conrath from Anthrospheres to VMDO for a discussion on “Wellness and Circadian Design.” David shared ways that we as designers can tune lighting systems to support natural circadian cues related to productivity, … Continue reading

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Buckingham Research Demonstrates Link between Architecture & Healthy Eating Outcomes

In 2010, Buckingham County, VA committed to an emerging area of research that recognizes the role of a school facility in promoting healthy eating behaviors and attitudes. Collaborating with public health researchers, an interdisciplinary design team transformed two outdated schools … Continue reading

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Fauquier High School Renovation Supports Health & Sustainability

Recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Fauquier High School sets high standards for sustainability and health. The design unites disparate existing school wings into a coherent and harmonious campus, forging a modest, yet … Continue reading

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Buckingham School Receives First Ever Active Design Award

Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools has received an inaugural Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design in what is the first ever active design awards competition! The award was accepted by Project Designer Dina Sorensen, LEED AP at a ceremony in … Continue reading

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VMDO Scores Gold in Richmond

By VMDO Sustainability Coordinator, Sara Teaster, LEED Green Associate VMDO is excited to announce that our two new schools in Richmond, VA – Broad Rock Elementary School and Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School – have earned Gold certification in the LEED … Continue reading

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A Researcher’s Stay at Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools

By Leah Frerichs, Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Candidate University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health I arrived in Dillwyn, VA early September of this year. I had been to this community several times before. Researching the impact of … Continue reading

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Cultivating / Crafting Buckingham’s Kitchen Gardens

LESSONS ON CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION and DESIGN THINKING? CULTIVATE A GARDEN By Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools Project Designer, Dina Sorensen On Saturday, June 29, VMDO employees along with volunteers from the University of Nebraska and the Buckingham community will … Continue reading

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Buckingham School Gardens / Curiculum the Focus of Capstone Project

The following entry is from Audrey Strothkamp, who is currently working towards her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her Capstone project involves conducting research at Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools … Continue reading

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