As any educator knows, a classroom is a robust resource. In a strong class setting, students learn how to identify, address and adopt the kinds of change that can constructively affect their lives, communities and the rest of the world. As a student’s mind grows, opening up to innovative ideas and tackling more challenges; teachers, as the leaders of the classroom, can direct the energy of their classes towards accomplishing any number of tasks, from solving complex math to performing Shakespeare to learning the importance of embracing greener practices.

Why do we need greener classrooms ?

The power of the classroom can reach beyond its doors, to address the issues concerning society in general. One pressing topic of interest that involves all students (both on an individual level and larger social scale) is the environment.

Green classrooms in schools & colleges not only equip students with the knowledge on how to make a difference in the world, but also help create a healthier learning environment that benefits the students, teachers, and learning institution as a whole.

Eco-conscious classrooms have been proven to cause the following:

According to Green Schools Initiative, research shows that greener school environments can enhance the health and learning capacity of students, as well ascounteract some of the unhealthy environmental factors and practices often employed by schools
Studies have shown that providing students with hands-on, practical environmental-related curricula, such as tending to a school or college garden, can lead to students scoring higher on tests for math, science and language arts.
Not only does a green environment encourage students to look forward to a new school day, it also increases attendance amongst students who typically miss school due to health issues. Greener schools also translate into fewer sick days for teachers.
A student is more likely to develop healthier habits and make eco-friendlier choices as an adult when exposed to the benefits and meaning behind leading a greener lifestyle at an early age.
Greener schools and colleges save money through a blend of green construction and the efforts of teachers and students that include the following:
  • waste-reduction strategies
  • student-run recycling committees
  • conservation programs
  • energy-efficient heating, lighting, air conditioning systems
  • water-efficient fixtures


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