Solar panels

Roof-mounted solar panels turn sunlight into an alternative energy source for the school.

Green roofs

Green roofs are cooler, save energy, and provide a filter for storm water run-off.


Skylights and large windows allow daylight to stream in, reducing energy costs and improving student concentration and performance.



Water efficiency

Low-flow sinks, waterless urinals, and dual-flush toilets reduce total water use by as much as 50 percent.

Energy efficient Lighting

Adding remote sensors, individual controls, and task lighting can greatly reduce electricity costs.

Green schools use less energy and emit less CO2 than conventionally designed schools.


On average, green schools save $100,000 per year on operating expenses.



Diverting solid waste from landfills reduces impacts on municipal services.


Alternative transport

Alternative-fuel buses reduce CO2 emissions and decrease smog and ground level ozone. Bike racks, safe bike paths, and sidewalks encourage an active lifestyle and decrease emissions.

Sources: The Center for Green Schools and the U.S. Green Building Council.