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ERIC Number: EJ786411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Going Green: Eco-Friendly Schools
Whelan, Debra Lau
School Library Journal, v53 n9 p44-48 Sep 2007
A growing number of studies show that a school's physical condition--especially its lighting and indoor air quality--directly affect student performance. A 2005 Turner Construction survey of green buildings found that 70 percent of districts with sustainable schools reported improved student performance. It also makes perfect sense that eco-friendly schools affect absenteeism, teacher-retention rates, and health-care costs. This article discusses the benefits of going eco-friendly schools and features Great Seneca Creek Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland, which has hosted more than two dozen tours for administrators, architects, parents, and the media--just about anyone who is interested in studying its environmentally-friendly ways. The school's 296,000-square-foot building--which runs on wind and solar power and boasts an irrigation pond--recently earned a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a rigorous set of national standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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