When it was completed in 2009, the Portman Family Middle School was the first LEED Gold certified middle school in the nation. To honor the legacy of world-renowned architect John Portman, who passed away in December 2017, and in keeping with Lovett’s commitments to fostering both environmental stewardship and digital citizenships for its students, Lovett’s Middle School science teachers launched “Insta-stainability 2018.” Through this collaborative project, sixth graders developed an appreciation for the many design features of the Portman Family Middle School that contribute to its sustainable design and received some direct instruction on how to live out Lovett’s character pledge on social media.
Students explored sustainability through three lenses: social, economic, and environmental, considering what sustainability means on campus and in their personal lives. They toured the entire campus to see how design features that foster sustainability are incorporated into the facilities. They also spent a day exploring the paradox of privacy when it comes to their online lives and wrestling with the questions, “How does your online behavior affect your privacy and security,” “How can you reconcile convenience and privacy,” and “How might our ideas about privacy change in the future”? Finally, students documented their learning on Instagram. Follow @LionScienceMS or #LovettGoesGreen to see all the pictures; a few of the best pictures are also tagged in honor of #JohnPortman.