Green Schools

Commentary and analysis on sustainability issues in education, including green design and green cleaning.


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By fall 2022, most schools have dropped the requirement for students to wear masks in the classroom.

Redefining green schools

Oct. 3, 2022
In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the focus of green school advocates is on strategies that protect the health and safety of students and staff.
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Students and teachers learning about recycling

New York governor announces $59 million toward a "Clean Green Schools" initiative

Sept. 24, 2021
The program aims to advance clean energy and energy-efficiency solutions that will improve indoor air quality and reduce emissions for more than 500 schools in disadvantaged communities...
Columbia University
Columbia University

Columbia University pledges all future campus construction will be fossil fuel free

Sept. 21, 2021
To support this transition, the university in New York City will evaluate how to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.
CMTA architects
Rendering of Buckley Elementary

Buckley Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., is on track to becoming a net-zero energy school

Aug. 6, 2021
A solar array and a geothermal energy system will enable the school to generate as much power as it consumes.
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Aberdeen (Wash.) district is building a garden at every school

July 15, 2021
The district will incorporate garden science into its curriculum and serve the student-grown produce in its lunch program.
Solar Panels

UC Riverside adds more solar panels to campus as part of carbon neutrality initiative

June 17, 2021
The University of California system has a goal of eliminating greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025.

4 colleges in New York will split $5 million in state funds for energy improvements

June 10, 2021
The schools will use the money to develop comprehensive and cost-effective energy-saving programs.
The Ecology School
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The Ecology School opens $14.1 million campus in Saco, Maine

May 20, 2021
The facilities include a 144-bed, housing unit, a 7,000 square-foot education and dining commons, and a 712-panel solar array.
San Diego Jewish Academy
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San Diego Jewish Academy embarks on solar installation

Dec. 14, 2020
The system will enable the school to save $400,000 a year in energy costs.