Solatube International Helps Advance New Concept in Education with MUSE School CA: New School Integrates Daylighting and Sustainability with Creativity Curriculum

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Daylighting and sustainability merge with leadership and creativity curriculum in forward-thinking school conceived by Director James Cameron's wife, Suzy Cameron.

Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), has partnered with MUSE School CA to provide its bestselling Solatube Daylighting Systems throughout the campus as part of the forward-looking school’s sustainability design. One of the school founders is wife of film director James Cameron, Suzy Amis Cameron.

“Our goal at MUSE School CA is to inspire creative, collaborative and courageous leaders in a beautiful and invigorating environment,” Cameron said. “We recognize that our world is ever evolving, and our focus on embracing and teaching sustainability impacts every aspect of campus life – from the materials we use in our classrooms to the food we provide at lunch. Our core curriculum, taught by the best of the best, is strengthened by our focus on letting children enjoy the great outdoors and take on the projects that inspire them. I could not be prouder of the education and campus MUSE provides these remarkable future leaders.”

“Solatube has been a large part of the traditional education arena for years, bringing much-needed daylighting into school settings,” said Robert E. Westfall Jr., president of Solatube International. “We particularly support the pioneering approach of MUSE, which has created a campus dedicated to student health, productivity and well-rounded learning, as well as the highest levels of sustainability.”

The MUSE team signed up for the Living Building Challenge (LBC) to show its commitment to sustainability. The LBC program sets the industry’s highest benchmarks in terms of resource conservation and human wellness (above LEED certification standards). Goals of the MUSE campus construction included:

  •     Diverting 100 percent of the construction waste from its landfills
  •     Operating with extreme energy efficiency
  •     Constructing zero-net energy buildings that generate as much energy as they consume
  •     Constructing zero-emissions buildings to produce no carbon footprint
  •     Achieving success – LBC certification – to represent a total reconciliation between the built and natural environments, and move MUSE into a future that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative

There is research to validate the use of daylighting in schools: A study conducted by the Heschong Mahone Group for Pacific Gas & Electric Company tested 21,000 students in three states and found that those in classrooms with the most daylighting progressed 20 percent faster on math tests and 26 percent faster on reading tests in one year than those with the least.

Solatube International invented TDDs, which harvest and distribute daylight in homes and commercial buildings, opening up an entirely new category in the lighting industry. Solatube Daylighting Systems are now being installed in areas of buildings never before thought possible, resulting in energy-saving and sustainability in residential and commercial spaces around the world.

Using patented technology, Solatube Daylighting Systems harvest daylight at the rooftop and transfer it down through a highly reflective tube (which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet or more long) and distribute it evenly into a room through a diffuser or decorative fixture at the ceiling. The products have been installed in everything from homes to warehouses, schools, offices, manufacturing facilities, zoos and government buildings, in every part of the world.

About MUSE School CA
MUSE School CA, a non-profit, educational organization in Malibu, California, is dedicated to empowering children to realize the full potential of their lives through academic excellence, personal responsibility, compassionate relations, global consciousness and environmental awareness.
Children from across the socio-economic spectrum are stimulated and empowered with experience-based learning. Bodies are nurtured with fresh organic foods and an honor for all living things, including the planet, is cultivated daily. The MUSE School CA Scholarship Fund enables us to provide financial aid to nearly 50 percent of our families.
MUSE School CA also features a food program that is local, 100 percent certified organic, low to no sugar, and prepared fresh from scratch daily. There is a strong seed-to-table program where students cultivate the garden in the greenhouse and garden beds right next to the kitchen. The harvests will eventually support approximately 30 percent of MUSE's produce needs. For more information, please visit http://www.museschool.org.

About Solatube International
Solatube International Inc., based in Vista, Calif. (northern San Diego County), is the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) and celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2011. The company’s flagship product, the Solatube® Daylighting System, provides a revolutionary natural lighting solution for all types of residential and commercial applications and is the only spec-grade TDD currently available on the market. The maxim “Innovation in DaylightingTM” reflects the company’s commitment to the development of breakthrough daylighting technologies, which has resulted in numerous patents dating back to the mid-1980s. Widely recognized as the industry innovator, Solatube International has earned acclaim around the globe for its unrivaled ability to transform interior spaces with the power of daylight. The company is currently taking entries for its 2012 Solatube ICE Awards for Inspired and Creative Excellence in daylighting with Solatube products at http://www.solatubeiceawards.com. For more information on the Solatube Daylighting System or other products manufactured and marketed by Solatube International, including solar-powered attic ventilation fans, please visit the Solatube Web site at http://www.solatube.com or call 888-SOLATUBE (888-765-2882).

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