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USGBC launches push for energy-efficient schools

October 01, 2010
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NEW YORK — Stoddert Elementary School Principal Marjorie Cuthbert sees her school as a "microcosm of solving future world problems," according to The New York Times.
The Washington DC public school reopened recently after a renovation that added a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy usage displays, information kiosks in three different languages, numerous new windows, a greenhouse made from recycled water bottles and carbon dioxide censors, the article stated.
With this "microcosm" as its backdrop, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launches its newest program today, the Center for Green Schools, with the goal of giving everyone the opportunity to attend a school like Stoddert within this generation, the article noted.
"The education sector is doing more in the way of green building than any other sector, more than health care, more than commercial, more than religious institutions. But we still have a really long way to go," said Rachel Gutter, director of the USGBC''s new initiative.
According to the article, it is also hoping to show teachers how to use the school building as a laboratory for lessons in different subjects, the idea being that students learn sustainability at a young age much like how they usually learn foreign languages.
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