Jeni Cross’s Sustainable Places, Health and Educational Research in Schools (SPHEReS) research team hosted 52 fourth-graders from Northglenn’s STEM Lab in January.

SPHEReS partners with Adams 12 Schools to examine the impact of school environment on occupant health and performance. Funded by the EPA, the Healthy Schools project is the first time that epidemiologists, sociologists, economists, and sustainability experts have collaborated at this scale to address this question.

STEM Lab is one of three schools where teachers have embraced the  project by embedding it in Problem-Based Learning, a teaching method that empowers students to solve real-world problems.

The U.S. Green Building Council recently featured Cross and STEM Lab in their print and online magazine.