Sainte Hélène is a small village on the banks of the Ria d’Etel belonging to the Blavet, Bellevue, Ocean Grouping of Municipalities (CCBBO) in the area known as the Pays de Lorient, itself in the Department of Morbihan, in Brittany. Sainte Hélène has set itself the task of building the first school in France in accordance with the principles of the circular economy to make a positive impact through eco-effective design, a true Cradle to Cradle building.
Noting that the present local authority school and the municipal restaurant both have major problems (obsolete prefabricated buildings, poor insulation, presence of radon) the town council has committed itself to building premises for a school and school-related activities that will respect the environment and present no health risks for children or staff. In addition, the project is to cost the municipality no more than an ordinary project would.
The children attending the private school will also be able to use the future buildings for meals and out-of-school activities. The route between the two schools will be made secure.
The project to be implemented by the municipality of Sainte Hélène is one of the eight pilot projects chosen by the Region of Brittany in order to promote the circular economy, but it is the only project that involves putting up a building.