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Libraries are community centers that can help promote sustainable neighborhoods.

Libraries are community centers that can help promote sustainable neighborhoods.

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    • Story of a Chair A teachable moment at Cleveland Public Library in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood of Cleveland
    • When Cleveland Public Library received new chairs for the branch—it provided a chance to demonstrate how design can promote REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
    • The chairs arrived during Architecture Month in Cleveland—April 2011
    • The manufacturer specifically designed the packaging for reuse—the challenge was getting 2 nd grade students to understand how the package design promoted reuse. We watched a short film produced by the Laurel School.
    • We challenged the boys versus the girls to come up with the least amount of steps to repackage a chair for reuse/recycle-girls formed a circle and choose an architect and a builder. The boys deliberated a bit longer.
    • Groups shared their ideas on the steps involved
    • Two different approaches
    • Box included straps, base and side walls—both sides understood that base was on the bottom.
    • Girls put straps down before the base
    • Whoops…what do we do with the straps??
    • Both teams used problem solving to reduce the material and labor needed to repackage the chair—both architects explained their process
      • Students realized the need for REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE in their daily lives.