"The green schools movement is the biggest thing to happen to education since the introduction of technology to the classroom."
- Glenn Cook, Editor in Chief, American School Board Journal
By promoting the design and construction of new green schools and by greening existing schools, we can make a tremendous impact on student health, school operational costs and the environment.
Green schools are more than buildings. They are places where children learn the wonders of the world and teachers prepare the next generation of leaders and citizens. These schools are built and operated to be full of clean air and sunlight and to be free of toxic materials and harmful chemicals.
Green schools are energy efficient, helping to lower utility costs, conserve resources and reduce waste. Green schools showcase a community's commitment to its children and their future, who in turn learn from an early age the importance and benefits of acting as responsible stewards of their communities and the larger world.
New and existing schools can be green schools. In the United States alone, there are approximately 133,000 schools, many of which are focusing on policies that reduce waste, increase use of public transportation and encourage the purchase of environmentally-preferable products. Schools can also develop a plan to introduce and upgrade new building systems, technologies and policies over time, focusing first on high-impact strategies that yield immediate savings or have significant impact on student health and wellness.