In today’s society, school buildings are being built with the latest technologies in an effort to become more sustainable. Our industry is faced with the challenge of adapting to new materials while striving to achieve the best possible facility for children to get their education.
The U.S. Department of Education announced this year that they will be introducing the Green Ribbon Schools Program to help urge school planners and managers to transition their school facility to be more environmentally friendly.
“In a time when budgets are tight, the Department of Education is encouraging schools to engage in a creative win-win scenario – cutting expenses while using school facilities as a dynamic learning lab for students,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation in a recent press release.
Many schools in Virginia are stepping up and doing their part in the national effort to develop more sustainable school environments. In the Richmond area, James River Green Building Council recently hosted an event called “Connect the Dots for Green Schools.” This event challenged schools to develop effective and low cost methods to go green. Check out this video to learn more about the event!