Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Going Green For Schools
This green school kit comes from the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and has put forward the notion that healthy, high-performing schools mean healthy, high-performing kids. While this may be a no brainer to you and me, some have yet to receive the memo.
I remember seeing a documentary about the state of schools where it compared schools to prisons. One image stands out above the others.
Buckets were strategically placed on the floor to catch the rain leaking through the roofs of the school and into the classrooms. Prisons were state of the art and narry a bucket in sight. Seems like we may be in desparate need for such things as the 50 for 50 Green School Caucus Initiative.
This school is catching rain but in a way that is instructive and sustainable. Watch this video now.
Schools are beginning to realize that greening their school can save them enough money to hire more teachers. The school kit provides a menu of options, as well as, advancing green school agendas.
In addition to boosting the district’s bottom line, green schools have also been able to show higher test scores and cheer up the staff.
See some green schools in action.