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Why do you go #green? Schools Cite Health as a Top Reason for Going Green, via @bglive

A study shows health drives the school construction market—but many buildings lag far behind, another report laments. By Paula Melton The top three reasons for schools' green building and operations are saving energy, saving money, and—in a very close third—enhancing health and well-being. The connection between sustainable school buildings and student performance can be difficult to quantify—but the idea that children learn more readily when they can see, hear, and breathe clearly isn’t exactly controversial. This year, a full 89% of K–12 school respondents in a recent market survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction listed enhanced health and well-being among the most important reasons to build, retrofit, and operate greener schools. That number is up from 61% in 2007 and puts health nearly on par with operational cost savings among primary- and secondary-school offic...

Full article: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2013/3/18/S...

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