Have you ever looked around and thought about the building that you sit in all day? How was it made? Why was it built the way it was? About twenty percent of Americans spend time in a school building on any given school day, but the average age of our schools buildings is close to 50 years and more and more of these are falling apart causing unhealthy and hazardous learning and working situations for many people. Buildings in the US consume 72% of our electricity and emit approximately 39% of carbon emissions- seriously contributing to climate change and negatively impacting our environment, as well as our health. School-wide conservation efforts such as installing renewable energy systems, more energy-efficient products, day lighting options, green roofs, and improving the overall building envelope can significantly help improve the health of the learning and working environments for students, faculty and staff. Additionally, incorporating recycling programs, healthy and safe materials, (including building and cleaning supplies) are excellent ways to promote on-site interdisciplinary learning through projects that increase the academic performance and health of students.
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