Is Green in Your District's Future?
Tight budgets are pushing many school districts to “go green.” Using less means lower costs. Building a sustainable facility or incorporating features into a renovation saves money over the long term. And just changing day-to-day practices may not cost a dime, but it can add up to significant savings.
Green Computing -- From Fad to Fixture
It will be some time before school districts fully realize all that green technology has to offer, but districts can do a lot with little to no money, such as implementing the green basics: turning off equipment when not in use, measuring energy consumption, and using multi-function machines.
A New Green Generation
Green schools are healthy for kids and educate students to become “sustainability natives,” fluent in the language of sustainability technologies and environmentally conscious thought. While we upgrade our light bulbs to more efficient models, the light is already on for sustainability natives (and off as soon as they leave the room).
LEED Certification for Schools
As schools emerge as a key part of the growing green building movement, board members and district officials should have a healthy discussion about the costs and benefits of investing in facilities. Green schools return the greatest benefits when they are based on the relationship between community, facilities, and curriculum.
Green School Pioneers
Five trailblazers -- Wisconsin’s Northland Pines High School, Massachusetts’ Taunton Public Schools, Washington, D.C.’s Phelps High School, Florida’s Pasco County Public Schools, and Chicago Public Schools -- demonstrate how school districts can become more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly.
Recycling & Conservation Program