Schools Make the Green Grade

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Dress codes, hall passes, tardies–there are plenty of rules students face on a daily basis. But now schools are implementing regulations that are good for the whole planet. Schools are registering for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program at a rate of one school a day.

HONORS PROGRAM: By registering, schools commit to building to higher environmental standards and to producing healthier school buildings that are water- and energy-efficient.

EXTRA CREDIT: Michelle Moore, senior vice president of policy and public affairs for the USGBC, summed up the importance of these steps when she testified before the U.S. Congress: “Buildings are the single largest contributor to carbon dioxide CO2 emissions, accounting for 39 percent of emissions in the U.S. Of those buildings, school buildings represent the largest construction sector in the country and 20 percent of America goes to school every day.”

SPECIAL TUTORS: More than 60 “green schools advocate” groups across the country encourage PTAs and school boards to register for the LEED for Schools certification.


For more information about making schools healthier, check out the third edition of the High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide, published by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council