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Global Green USA released its Green Schools Report in August 2005, touting the numerous financial, health, academic, and environmental advantages of high-performance, environmentally sustainable buildings for educational facilities.
Global Green’s report, available at (www.globalgreen.org), outlines numerous advantages of building green schools, including:
- Improved learning. Students progressed 20- to 26- percent faster in classrooms with the most daylight.
- Increased attendance. Better indoor air quality leads to fewer absences from illness.
- Lower operating costs. Districts can save 20 to 40 percent on utility costs for new schools.
- Reduced energy dependence. With on-site solar power, schools can further reduce electricity costs and reduce dependence on the energy grid.