The Benefits of Green Schools

July 12, 2012

By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

According to Paul Chapman, former headmaster and dean of K-12 schools and a published author on the subject, “The benefits of green schools are clear in the ‘triple bottom line’: they save money, strengthen achievement, and improve health.” Numerous organizations are leading the way in the green school movement, focused on bringing these benefits to communities. These include:

Green Schools Alliance, a global Network of School Sustainability Coordinators working together to address environmental and climate challenges through sharing and implementing sustainable best practices and promoting connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them.

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, which recently recognized 78 winning schools for 2012. All took a comprehensive approach to greening their schools, making strides to reduce their schools’ environmental impact, improve health and provide education geared toward the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Mayor’s Alliance for Green Schools, initiated in 2008 in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. A major Alliance initiative is the development of public-private partnerships with local businesses to enable schools to install green roofs and solar panels and implement recycling and sustainable purchasing programs. Participating mayors also champion innovative legislation to promote greening school facility operations and maintenance.

Are you involved with schools, legislators or community support networks to advance the cause of green schools?

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