This is the third year for the program, which involves 11 educational and environmental groups throughout the country. The program is designed to develop safer, healthier, and more sustainable learning environments for children and teachers.
Ultimately, the goals of the program are higher test scores and lower absenteeism rates as a result of improved indoor air quality and other factors that make the learning experience more advantageous.
“There is also a big focus on making school facilities more energy and water efficient,” says Klaus Reichardt, founder and managing partner of Waterless No-Flush Urinals. “To help them conserve water, we are donating 30 waterless systems to be installed in three different schools.”
Reichardt says that along with saving water, the waterless systems are also a cost savings, helping to reduce water/sewer and maintenance charges for the schools.
“The [USGBC] initiative is also intended to show that Green schools cost less money to operate,” adds Reichardt. “The [waterless] urinals will help them accomplish this.”
USGBC’s Most Important Work
’s schools healthier and Greener is considered one of the most important tasks of the USGBC, according to the organization''s president and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi. America
“There is no more important work we have before us,” he says. “Our National Green Schools Campaign has sought to make this a priority item for school districts, government bodies, and those who set the national agenda for our schools.”
Adds Reichardt, “Anything we can do to help schools become healthier, Greener, more sustainable, and reduce costs are top priorities for us as well. We have worked with school districts all over
North America as well as internationally in this regard and intend to do much more in coming years.”