Green Schools Committee Chair
Green Schools CommitteeThe mission of the the Heart of Florida's Green Schools Committee is to be the primary community resource for green initiatives in North Central Florida’s K-12 school systems.
USGBC defines a Green School as a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.
Green schools benefit us all.
Students, teachers, and other faculty members directly benefit from healthier school environments, allowing the learning process to take place. Technical advancements in areas such air quality control, enhanced lighting and daylighting, optimized and automated temperature controls, better acoustics, and cleaner facilities all help to maximize attendance, improve teacher retention, reduce distractions and minimize complaints that often hinder the learning process.
Children in green schools (private or public) can benefit from higher student performance. Multiple studies have documented the positive effects on student behavior and performance resulting from green school initiatives.
Green public schools provide directs benefit to the community as well. Being green involves the responsible utilization of resources. Energy utilized to keep buildings running can account for the majority of a school's operational costs. Optimizing temperature control equipment for maximum efficiency, minimizing waste water, reducing the need for artificial lighting, limiting solid waste, etc. all have positive effects on school and county budgets, resulting in efficient use of our community’s taxes.
While the primary rationale for greening our schools are to improve the learning environment for our children, clearly the results can positively impact our entire community. Green schools produce higher student performance; create less waste, utilize less energy, and save more money than schools that do not embrace this philosophy.
Some ideas for Green School initiatives:
Local LEED Schools: