Clear the Air
Strong teachers and administrators, motivated students, and a great curriculum are essential to a good learning environment. But no less important is the quality of indoor air. Healthy air quality and proper ventilation can make a real difference to educational performance.
Green Design Pays Off
Proponents claim that green schools improve health and performance for students, lower operating costs, and do not increase construction costs. However, the extent to which green design affects occupants, operations, and construction costs is often difficult to quantify, which can make green school design hard to justify to school communities.
Rethinking the Clasroom
Today, learning can occur anytime, anywhere, and with anyone—in the same place or throughout the world. Students use technologies to process information and share it with a global audience. Now is a good time to rethink and reshape what the typical “classroom” is and what it represents.
Resources for Going Green
Looking for ways to make your district greener? The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Strides Web portal (www.ed.gov/green-strides) offers hundreds of free resources and webinars about green schools from federal agencies and non-profits, a blog, a newsletter that shares information about new federal funding opportunities, and Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Green Schools, Healthy Schools
How does a school board begin if it’s interested in more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible schools? Perhaps the most important step is to invest in the creation of a green team, a working committee of architects, contractors, electrical engineers, plumbers, key administrators, and facility managers, including the groundskeepers and custodians
Saving Money With Green Schools Technology
Energy is the second largest line item in district budgets. Thanks to a prolonged economic downturn, educators are scrutinizing figures that once were considered fixed costs, taking large and small measures to make sure they get the most bang for their buck. In a word, schools are going green.
Voter Buy-In for Bond Issues
An old maxim in public education is that any campaign for a bond issue – even in the best of times – must begin years before school leaders even think to ask voters for money. Public confidence in the schools must be carefully cultivated for bond votes to succeed.
Plan for the Best
Parents leaving for charter schools are not all anti-public education, anti-social, or driven by religion. They do want attendance stability, relevant education, less politics and board infighting, and more beneficial programs development instead of change for the sake of change. They want less uncertainty from poor planning.
Education Vital Signs: Facilities and School Design
Education Vital Signs collection of reports on Facilites and Learning.