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Marin Montessori School
5200 Paradise Dr
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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Marin Montessori School (MMS), located on the San Francisco Bay in Corte Madera, CA, is a private Montessori school serving children from toddler through 9th grade. The school offers an approach to education that fuels curiosity in academics, and has a unique teaching model and set of indoor and outdoor physical environments that foster autonomy, responsibility, and critical thinking while also encouraging spiritual and emotional well-being. The school's mission is to nurture the development of each student in the community to his or her potential--an independent, responsible, compassionate, learned individual who thinks critically and realizes clearly his or her role in the world.


The school's new buildings were constructed in 2003. The school began tracking its energy use with EPA's Portfolio Manager in 2008 and earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2009 with a rating of 100. The school has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 40,000 pounds per year and has earned energy cost savings of $6,000 per year.


An energy audit in 2008 resulted in a reduction in electrical consumption by over 25 percent through efficiency upgrades, and community concern for the environment inspired the subsequent installation of a 25 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array which covers 100 percent of the school's electrical use.   

Marin Montessori School provides a live energy monitor on its Web site, enabling all members of the community to view current energy use. The school also uses its photovoltaic array as a learning tool for its students, illustrating the link between energy efficiency and environmental health.




Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Marin Montessori School or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Marin Montessori School

Property Manager:*
Marin Montessori School

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (100)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 13500 sf

Year Constructed: 2003

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies

For More Info:
Cam Taylor
Facilities Director
Corte Madera, CA 94925