Green Schools as High Performance Learning FacilitiesDownload
Released September 2010. Tremendous capital expenditure going to new construction and renovation of schools, coupled with global concern for the environment, means many school decision makers across the country are considering the cost and value of green schools. With those factors at the forefront, the question that comes to mind is: What is a green school? In practice, a green school is the physical result of a consensus process of planning, design, and construction that takes into account a building’s performance over its entire 50- to 60-year life cycle. The main focus of the process is to reinforce optimal learning, a goal very much in keeping with the parallel goals of resource efficiency and minimal pollution.