What is a green school?

A green school saves energy, resources and money - and it does much more than that.

Green schools are healthy, high-performance learning environments for both students and staff that feature:

Characteristics of a Green School

  • Conserves energy and natural resources
  • Saves taxpayer money
  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Removes toxic materials from places where children learn and play
  • Employs daylighting strategies and improves classroom acoustics
  • Employs sustainable purchasing and green cleaning practices
  • Improves environmental literacy in students
  • Decreases the burden on municipal water and wastewater treatment
  • Encourages waste management efforts to benefit the local community and region
  • Conserves fresh drinking water and helps manage stormwater runoff
  • Encourages recycling
  • Promotes habitat protection
  • Reduces demand on local landfills

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