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Model Energy Efficient Projects

A Massachusetts School Investment in “Green Energy” Pays Off

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Model Renewable Energy Projects

Read how Fort Collins Colorado created a new high school that was 60% more energy efficient

Read how Shaker High School in New York is capturing solar energy

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Model Projects

'Model Schools' Could Save Mass. Towns Millions

Greening America Schools

Costs and Benefits

Key Reports on Costs and Benefits of Going Green

Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits, Gregory Kats, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (2006). Greening America's Schools.pdf

Authoritative report on the the "real cost" (incremental cost) of building a green/high performance school as well as the financial benefits

The Spending Paradox, American School and University Magazine (2005).

The paradox addressed here focuses on "How much does a school [building] really cost?" and the separation of construction costs from operating and maintenance costs in the minds of school administrators and the taxpayer. The article encourages decision-makers to use a life cycle approach to make decisions about school design and construction.

Rating Systems

See High Performance School Design Guides Prepared by the NorthEast Energy Efficiency Partnerships—details the most important rating systems including LEED and CHPS http://www.neep.org/HPSE/design_guide.html



The Environmental Protection Agency is a governmental agency that leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor Air Quality Web site provides information for homeowner, schools, commercial buildings and environmental professional on indoor air quality. There are extensive links to other sites.

School Designs.com is the industry's top online resource for educational architecture information. Showcasing exterior and interior designs from outstanding schools across the country, SchoolDesigns.com is the place to be for anyone interested in the latest educational facility ideas and information.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is a U.S. Department of Energy Program that provides information, documents, and reports on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council is an independent, nonprofit whose mission is to advance the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of America's buildings. Their web sites contains multiple building and educational guides for High Performance Schools.