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The organizations below are good places to start when looking for information about making your school more sustainable.
The Center for Green Schools
Part of the U.S. Green Building Council, this center helps schools become more sustainable. Also provides information about LEED for schools.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.
One of the main goals of the ENERGY STAR program is to develop performance-based specifications that determine the most efficient products in a particular category. Products that meet these specifications earn the ENERGY STAR label. Includes certification standards.
Go Green Initiative
The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation.
Healthy Schools Campaign
Healthy Schools Campaign advocates for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
Healthy Schools Network
Promotes collaborative research and policy development and advanced systemic reforms in three core areas defining children’s environmental health at school: Environmental public health services for children at risk or with suspected exposures at school; Child-safe policies for housekeeping and purchasing (targeting indoor air pollutants, mercury, pesticides and other toxics and promoting the use of green and healthy/safer products); Child-safe standards for school design, construction, and siting.
Energy efficiency is the easiest, most cost effective way to reduce energy consumption, yet remains a challenge for many school districts. PowerSave Schools reduce consumption an average of 5-15% in one year through no-cost operations and behavior changes! Through the PowerSave Schools program students are empowered to grow as leaders, apply academic knowledge to solve the real-world challenge of increasing utility bills, and move their schools and communities toward a greener future with energy efficiency practices and measurable energy savings.
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) is designed to encourage for-profit small business owners, design professionals, and building contractors to incorporate renewable energy systems and energy conservation practices. SEDAC is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Community and Economic Opportunity and is managed by the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois and the 360 Energy Group.
U.S. EPA Healthy School Environments Portal
he Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools