A green school is a healthy environment for students, teachers and staff. A green school is also fiscally healthy as well–saving energy, resources and money. By promoting the design and construction of new green schools, and by greening the operations and maintenance of existing schools, we can make a tremendous impact on student health, school operational costs and the environment. Green schools also provide an opportunity to educate a new generation of leaders who will help shape a more sustainable future.
LEED for Schools outlines the pieces and parts of a green school building.
By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED for Schools provides a unique, comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green with measurable results. This rating system addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, daylight and views, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment. LEED for Schools addresses design and construction activities for both new school buildings and major renovations of existing school buildings. Intended for use in the design and construction phases of a K12 school building, LEED for Schools facilitates and encourages project teams to use an integrated design approach from start to finish, bringing down overall costs and delivering project goals.
The Center for Green Schools
Established by the USGBC to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to learn, work and play. The Center for Green Schools believes everyone should be able to learn in greener buildings. For more information on new school construction, transforming existing schools and myths and facts, visit The Center of Green Schools.