Education Vital Signs: Facilities and School Design
“2013 State of Our Schools,” a report from the Center for Green Schools, says that between 1995 and 2008, U.S. public schools spent $211 billion on school facilities upkeep, but that projections indicated they needed to spend $482 billion just to keep buildings in basic good condition, a short- fall of $271 billion, or $5,450 per student. To add energy-efficient heating and cooling and the electrical outlets and additional power necessary to run digital devices in all schools would require $542 billion over the next decade.
School buildings and health
A new report from the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation and the Center for Green Schools, "The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance," says there is clear evidence that depriving children of natural light (daylighting) disrupts their melatonin cycles and affects their levels of alertness when at school. The report also says that, when ventilation rates in schools drop to minimum standards (15 cubic feet per minute per student) or fall below them, student performance drops by 5 percent to 10 percent, and that when ventilation rates drop to 10 cubic feet per minute/student, there is a 15 percent increase in Sick Building Syndrome.
Center for Green Schools
School buildings represent the largest construction sector of the United States, with approximately 20 percent of our population going to school every day as students, teachers, staff, or administrators, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s new website, Center for Green Schools. The website builds a solid case for why your district should move to green building, and offers comprehensive information about building and maintaining green schools.