I'm going to attend the premiere of "Growing Greener Schools," tonight at the first LEED certified hotel in Maryland. As I'm preparing to educate myself about the program - since I'm going to interview them for my other blog: EcoTwist - went to read more about the initiative.
Why do we care about greening the schools?
There are over 115,000 K-12 schools in the United States. One in five Americans — 55 million students, teachers, administrators, nurses and janitors — spend five days a week at school. And billions in tax dollars go to building, maintaining, and operating school facilities. Every future leader and environmental steward of tomorrow is growing up in a K-12 school. Yet ironically, American schools have become models of un-sustainability and significant contributors to our society’s broader environmental and public health problems.
[via Growing Greener Schools]
That is very striking statistics there.
Here's an example of how one local school initiated the change. The teachers didn't know anything about green, but they want to do something about it. Watch how Riverdale Baptist Middle School in Maryland decided to go green. BTW, the film will be on PBS, so check your local schedule.