I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a fan of green buildings, especially when it involves children. As a mom, and the mom of a child with asthma, I understand the importance of green building standards in our nation’s schools. Today, the U.S. Green Building Council officially launched a new initiative, The Center for Green Schools.
The new initiative was launched at the brand new Stoddert Elementary School in Washington D.C. The school is a perfect place for such an event as the building includes green design features and the students are enthusiastic about the going green movement. After today’s kickoff announcement, students guided visitors on a tour of the sustainability-minded school campus, which is pursuing LEED certification from the USGBC.
USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi gives us insight into the mission of The Center for Green Schools.
“The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is helping to engage educators in creating sustainable learning environments for their students and apply solid research to inform leadership—from school boards to college presidents—about the benefits of healthy, high-performing schools. We are working with state and local governments to draft smart, practical policies, and we provide trainings and helpful resources to those who need it most—K-12 schools serving lower-income families, under-resourced institutions and community colleges. The Center serves to convene conversations with key decision makers, collaborate with leading education and environmental associations and create tools and resources that help make green schools possible.” Source: The Center for Green Schools
Schools need to be safe, healthy, and supportive places for students, staff, and faculty. This new green schools initiative will help address some of the safety and health aspects associated with many of today’s aging schools as well as create a blueprint for future schools.