Feature image: The LEED Gold Watkins Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joseph Romeo.
Did you know that school facilities have a direct impact on student learning, the health of students and staff, and school finances? Well-designed school facilities are proven to have dramatic effects on academic outcomes, as well as health indicators among faculty and students.
Green school buildings create an environment where students and teachers are more comfortable, less prone to illness and more focused on teaching and learning. The quality of school facilities is often overlooked as a major factor in students’ scholastic performance. However, school buildings are not only the setting for learning—they can also help or hinder the learning process.
Standard building practices use and waste millions of tons of materials each year; green buildings, however, use fewer resources and minimize water. 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.
Interested in learning more about the elements of a LEED-certified school? Explore our interactive infographic, where we’ve highlighted a school building's sustainable features.