What is a Green School?

path“Going green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.

Green  school works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments.

Characteristics of a Green School

  • Conserves energy and natural resources
  • Saves taxpayer money
  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Removes toxic materials from places where children learn and play
  • Employs daylighting strategies and improves classroom acoustics
  • Employs sustainable purchasing and green cleaning practices
  • Improves environmental literacy in students
  • Decreases the burden on municipal water and waste-water treatment
  • Encourages waste management efforts to benefit the local community and region
  • Conserves fresh drinking water and helps manage storm-water runoff
  • Encourages recycling
  • Promotes habitat protection
  • Reduces demand on local landfills