Green Schools Committee

Committee Chair - Eddie Widofsky:  eddiew@steffian.com  

The CTGBC Green Schools committee is comprised of CTGBC members dedicated to promoting the design and construction of green schools, and greening the operations and maintenance of existing schools.

The committee’s mission is to work with school decision makers, green building professionals, community volunteers, and thought leaders in the public and private sectors to advance progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health and the built environment.

USGBC and the Center for Green Schools define green schools as schools that minimize environmental impact, improve occupant health, and support student literacy in environmental and sustainable topics.

CTGBC Green Schools Committee plans and holds events throughout Connecticut during the calendar year.  Activities include:

  • Green School Tours – spotlight newly constructed green schools, additions and renovations highlight best practices.  Speakers include architects, principals, facilities personnel, teachers, parents and students.

  • Lectures/Workshops – to educate and inform about environmental issues pertaining to schools.

  • Updating and posting resources on the CTGBC website.

 

GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE    

Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent building new schools in Connecticut. They are the most important buildings we construct as nearly one out of five people in Connecticut spend part of there day in a school building. Insuring that our schools are high performance, energy efficient, healthy places to learn needs to be a top priority as these buildings profoundly influence our next generation.

Like all smartly designed high performance buildings, a high performance school offers significant benefits to the occupants and to local taxpayers. These benefits however, are amplified as the occupants in our schools, our children, are being shaped for the rest of their lives. Since children are not as tolerant as healthy adults to a variety of indoor pollutants, it is imperative that we provide high quality indoor environmental quality. This presents a real challenge as schools high occupancy densities compound indoor environmental concerns.

To raise awareness of High Performance Schools, the CT Green Building Council has embarked on a program to promote the transformation of schools in Connecticut. Launched in February, this initiative is operating on four tracks that include a stakeholder process, an educational outreach effort, an inventory of all public school buildings and a monitoring of legislative action. Upon conclusion of our stakeholder process, we will publish a final report that identifies the obstacles to building high performance schools and suggested actions for overcoming these challenges.

More information about the CTGBC High Performance Schools Initiative is available in the project description section.

Download Final 2006 Report
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