U.S. Mayors Champion the Greening of America’s Schools 07/03/2007 | In a move to better support the health and well-being of America's students, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), which represents more than 1,100 mayors, unanimously supported a green schools resolution last week at its 75th annual meeting in Los Angeles.The resolution, introduced by Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie of Des Moines, IA, and co-sponsored by 16 additional mayors, also urges Congress to provide funding of K-12 green school demonstration projects as well as support new research funding to better understand the environmental, economic, and health benefits of green schools.Citing the urgent need for healthier and more productive places of learning, the mayors issued the resolution on behalf of the 55 million students and 5 million faculty and staff who spend their days in school buildings."Studies show that children in green schools are healthier and more productive because of improved indoor air quality, lower levels of chemical emissions, and a generous provision of natural day lighting," says Mayor Cownie. "The benefit of cleaner indoor air quality - a key emphasis of green schools - have been linked to lower asthma rates, fewer allergies, reduced absenteeism, and increased teacher retention rates."In addition to significant health benefits, green schools cost less to operate and greatly reduce water and energy use, which generate significant financial savings."We're in urgent need of action on this issue, so it's great to see mayors take the lead," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). "Green schools are healthier for students and teachers, better for the environment, and cost less to operate and maintain. We owe it to our children - and ourselves - to make all our schools green."All across the country, more and more schools are going green to save money, protect the environment, and help kids learn. To date, more than 30 schools have received LEED certification and nearly 300 more are on a waiting list for certification from the Washington, D.C.-based USGBC, which administers the nationally recognized LEED rating system for environmentally friendly buildings and recently released its LEED rating system specifically for schools.Greening school design is an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs, and ultimately increase school quality and competitiveness. In a recent study by Capital E, researchers found that a typical green school involves a modest 2-percent increase in cost, but would save $100,000 per year in energy costs alone - enough to hire two new teachers, buy 500 new computers, or purchase 5,000 new textbooks.This information was provided by the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation's leading non-profit composed of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations working together to transform the way buildings are designed, built, and operated. For more information, visit (http://www.usgbc.org/). Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on Lighting » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage Is the Color Rendering Index on the Way Out? TLED Lamps Advocated by Lighting Controls Association How One Air Force Base Is Saving 5.5 Million kWh Related Articles Lighting D.C. Office Earns Double Platinum Green Certification Lighting Recall on Philips Lighting Lamps Expands due to Fire, Laceration Hazards Lighting How to Designate LED Direct Replacement Lamps Lighting Hit Your Production Targets by Throwing Out Your Old High Bays Life/Fire Safety 7 Most Essential NFPA® Standards for Building Owners Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Building Controls The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility Energy Management How to Increase Productivity and Engagement in Outdoor Spaces Building Controls Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency Related Articles When Tiny Hotel Rooms Go Wrong New Applications for DALI Lighting Controls Quality of Light vs. Efficacy: Human-Centric Approach to Lighting Importance of Emergency and Exit Lighting in Your Building DALI Explained Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency. Polyglass’ Polyfresko® cap sheets with CURE Technology® saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance. Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Whether it’s earning an IREM credential or increasing your job skills, any goal in property management can be accomplished with IREM education. Click here to visit our website!