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Summer is for kids outside. The reality, however, is that for most of the year, most kids are inside, and much of that time is spent inside schools. It is within these walls, taught by committed teachers, that the future is formed.
So what does being in school have to do with the environment?
If we want to ensure that our current quality of life extends into our students’ future, we must ensure our schools are healthy indoors, and incorporate energy-saving “green” elements. And we must include “green” in the curriculum to teach our children today how to choose for a sustainable tomorrow.
Green schools do the following:
Enhance learning, student performance and teacher satisfaction;
increase overall health;
decrease water and energy costs;
reduce the school’s environmental impact; and
create sustainability natives for the future.
There are sustainability natives – those to whom conserving energy and the environment are second nature – and sustainability immigrants, those for whom conservation is as difficult as a second language learned in adulthood.
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