Number of Green Schools in U.S. Growing

WASHINGTON – According to the U.S. Green Building Council, America’s schools are registering for the USGBC LEED certification program for green schools at a rate of one school a day.

“When you consider the fact that 50 million young people spend eight hours a school day in a school building, we should do everything we can to make that environment work for them, not against them. Parents, teachers and school board officials understand better than anyone the link between child health and learning; and the fact is that children in green schools have fewer sick days and better test scores,” said Michelle Moor, senior vice president, USGBC.

“And if these reasons aren’t compelling enough to go green, the operational cost savings should be,” said Moore. “If you do the math, energy savings along could pay for 5,000 new textbooks per school per year.”

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