Join the effort to make our schools more healthy and productive for the next generation.
Schools are the heart and soul of our communities with 20% of our nation attending schools every day. Green schools can save money in operations and maintenance to hire new teachers, computers, and textbooks. The Green Schools Steering Committee's goal of inspiring green school advocates is key to ensuring that students attend high-performing schools that offer a nurturing learning environment and use less money on energy and water - saving taxpayer money for better uses like textbooks, computers, and more teachers.
Green Schools Programs
Take the first steps toward a greener school today with the easy Gateway to Green Schools guide.
The Green Apple Day of Service, held each year in September, gives local community leaders, educators, parents, students and companies alike the opportunity to transform their local schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through community service projects.
Green Schools are healthy for kids and conducive to learning.
Green Schools promote:
Studies have demonstrated direct benefits to student health and performance:
20% of America goes to school every day.
Too many of these students and teachers attend schools that are inefficient and miss important opportunities to reduce operational costs, foster learning and protect student health. By promoting an environmental retrofit of all schools new or existing we can make a tremendous impact on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs and the environment.
1. Save Money
Most schools spend more money on energy each year than on school supplies! Green schools cost significantly less money to operate and use less water and energy, freeing up resources to focus on improving student education. A typical green school saves $100,000 per year in direct costs. If all new school construction and school renovations went green starting today, energy savings alone would total $20 billion over the next 10 years.
2. Engage Students
Studies show that naturally lit, better indoor air quality, and hands-on, experiential environmental curricula are linked to higher test scores. Elementary school students with either hands-on experience in a school garden or an environmental education curriculum score higher on math, science, and language arts tests, behave better in class, and have better attitudes about school compared with control groups without such programs.
3. Teach Stewardship
Ultimately, sustainability is about being good global citizens: ensuring adequate resources for a clean, healthy environment for all. Imagine if schools were leaders in environmental sustainability, giving students the tools to be innovators, and giving them a healthy environment in which to learn and play. Green schools empower kids to make a difference, and teach them environmental and health values that will stay with them for life.
4. Safeguard Health
Every teacher and student deserves to go to a school with healthy air to breathe and conditions that encourage learning.
Green Schools Resources