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The interesting thing about Vernonia is that the schools was planned with both sustainability and resilience in mind. While the school is primarily designed to code earthquake standards, the gym portion was upgraded to insure it will be useable for relief efforts. Similarly, measures that are typically thought of as sustainable (wood chip heating, solar voltaics, etc) where designed to be used post-disaster as well. This is a relevant conversation for Portland Public Schools, since the City designates schools as shelters (which they would be for most disasters, just not earthquakes). It is a difficult conversation, since it ups the ante a notch. Seaside School District is looking at relocating and rebuilding all of their five schools to be outside of the tsunami inundation zone and to meet immediate occupancy standards!
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May 24, 2013