Audits, assessments, and carbon inventories reveal what the school is already doing in the name of environmental responsibility and can serve as a powerful community motivator for taking new and decisive steps toward sustainability.
These Principles of Good Practice provide guidance for schools as they seek to become more environmentally sustainable.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in new buildings and renovations provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets specified green building and performance measures.
The reasons to choose green (or sustainable) buildings and renovations over conventional practices are numerous, ranging from long-term financial savings and healthier school environments to improved student performance and faculty/staff retention.
Taking a proactive approach to managing a school's indoor air quality will have a positive impact on children's health and learning ability and can save a school time and money by minimizing absenteeism, crisis intervention, energy use, and liability.
Whether your school is just beginning to address climate change or has already started down the path, we recommend the following actions to ensure a comprehensive approach that touches on all dimensions of school life.
This monograph on how to implement a campus climate initiative is meant to stimulate action at all levels of school life and to help all representatives integrate climate change issues into existing courses and operational practices.
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