Spotlight

Resources on Green Schools

The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities offers resources to support a school district’s green initiatives. NCEF Technical Service Manager Wayne Kemp recommends these resources:

•  National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities is home to a significant collection of resources, including hundreds of publications, videos and links relating to green schools. www.ncef.org/green-schools

•  The U.S. Green Building Council develops the LEED green building certification program and provides supporting resources such as “The Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings.” www.usgbc.org

•  The Center for Green Schools at USGBC shares free resources, including the Green Existing Schools Toolkit, and provides information on LEED-certified schools nationwide. www.GreenSchoolBuildings.org

•  The Green Building Certification Institute provides third-party LEED project certification and professional credentials in green building performance and practice. www.gbci.org

•  Green Education Foundation is a nonprofit offering environmental education resources for preK-12 schools. www.greeneducationfoundation.org

•  Collaborative for High-Performance Schools has technical resources for school districts on the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance schools. www.chps.net

•  ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program with a range of free tools for energy management, including a Benchmarking Starter Kit and Portfolio Manager. www.energystar.gov/schools 

•  Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program helps maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. www.epa.gov/iaq/schools