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ERIC Number: EJ798509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Go Green
Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v80 n4 p22 Dec 2007
In 2007, schools and universities allocated billions of dollars to build education facilities. Responsible administrators strive to spend those funds wisely, but over the years, educators and community members have not always agreed on what constitutes wise spending. In the Baby Boom years, the accelerating demand for space led many schools and universities to spend those funds on classrooms built quickly and cheaply. In recent years, many administrators and designers have come to embrace a different concept of what constitutes a wise expenditure on education facilities. The initial cost of constructing space still is important and closely monitored. Having experienced buildings from the 1950s and 1960s that deteriorated prematurely, schools and universities also are paying more attention to the cost of operating and maintaining those spaces over the life of a facility. The long-term approach is a key foundation to green design. A school or university may be able to build facilities for less by addressing only the immediate, pressing space needs. Often, however, the result is a facility that costs more to operate, requires excessive maintenance, and creates health problems for students and teachers. Green design and construction adds another element to that long-term approach. Those who follow green tenets are concerned not only about the long-term well-being of a particular school or university and its students and staff, but also about the well-being of society at large and the whole planet. This article enumerates 10 benefits that green school advocates frequently cite as reasons that schools and universities should embrace green design: (1) Save energy; (2) Save water; (3) Save money; (4) Reduce pollution; (5) Improve health; (6) Provide educational opportunities; (7) Use local resources; (8) Reuse materials; (9) Receive grants and subsidies; and (10) Exhibit leadership and social responsibility.
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Language: English
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