What is a Green School?A high-performance green school is an energy-, material- and resource-efficient education facility optimized for the health and productivity of its occupants and users. It is designed, constructed and operated to the greatest extent possible within the carrying capacity of the planet.
Why are Green Schools Important?
With utility costs continuing to rise, school budgets are under severe pressure throughout our region. Green schools cost less to operate, freeing up resources to truly improve students’ education.
The quality of educators and curriculum are the most important factors in a student’s scholastic performance, but the quality of school facilities – where students learn – is often overlooked. School buildings can enhance a student’s ability to learn by keeping them healthy, attentive and present. To learn more about why green schools are important -- click here.
Knowing the Facts About
The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, September 27, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact, find an event in your area, and register your 2014 project today!
Other Green Schools Websites
Information is power. And green-building information is, seemingly, everywhere. Below you will find links to resources to help you learn more about the importance of greening our schools, new and existing. Many more can be found by searching such key words as high-performance green schools, healthy schools, LEED for Schools, energy-efficient schools, greening K12 curriculum, etc.
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The US Department of Energy offers green energy K-12 lesson plans and activities that are downloadable here. Topics include Energy Basics, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Environment, Solar Energy and more.
Lastly, the US Department of Energy also has an EnergySmart Schools section of its excellent website. Also, check out: Alliance to Save Energy's Green Schools Program and the US Energy Information Administration -- Energy Kids.
Leaders in Sustainability Report
The Local Leaders in Sustainability: a special report from Sundance, outlines a national action plan that mayors and local leaders can use as a framework to develop and implement green schools initiatives. The report also provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of green schools; a summary of local, state and federal policy solutions; leadership profiles of green school advocates; and case studies from both large cities and small communities. Together, these resources serve as a roadmap on the journey to green schools.