ERIC Number: EJ836339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Making the Change to Sustainability: Building Green Builds a Better Education
Hoffman, Paul J.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n3 p16-21 Apr 2009
The age of the green movement and sustainability has grown from a few concerned citizens, often labeled as "tree huggers," to a mainstream media focus with a rapidly growing, but large and passionate following. For the education world, sustainable practices can impact students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and communities. In addition to healthier students and staff, significant long-term cost savings are among the most exciting benefits that the recipients of an environmentally friendly educational facility enjoy. Improved test scores, lower absenteeism, better morale, greater community support, stronger teacher retention and certainly a more positive impact on the environment are all additional benefits that school administrators can expect from a sustainable school. With so many benefits easily recognized, there's really no reason that school officials shouldn't take a close look at all of the sustainable options available to them as they consider upcoming building projects. This article describes how two Wisconsin schools are reaping rewards by becoming sustainable.
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Effective Schools Research, Best Practices, Conservation Education, Energy Conservation, Change Strategies, Organizational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin