Zero energy schools have experienced exponential growth across the United States, leading a “net-zero” building boom. And they are going up in every sort of school district – urban and rural, affluent and lower income, blue state and red state. On average, zero energy schools can use between 65%–80% less energy than conventionally constructed schools, a significant contribution as the national K-12 sector alone spends $6 billion annually on energy bills.

There are now over 5,000 schools across the country with solar installations. These schools are saving money on electric bills, educating students about clean energy, and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation. And overall, solar projects at schools could deliver benefits valued at 4 billion.

In New York City, public schools account for nearly 40 percent of emissions from municipal buildings. P.S. 62 – The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground — is New York’s most environmentally sustainable school and first net-zero school. Hollis Montessori School is the first elementary school in the US that is a certified Passive House, and over 100,000 public schools nationally are LEED certified.  

And green schools have a lasting impact: research has found that children attending sustainably designed schools have significantly more pro-environment attitudes and behaviors.







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NOAA upgrades site

NOAA’s Climate Program Office today launched a newly redesigned version of, NOAA’s award-winning, flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely, and science-based information about climate. The redesign expands the site’s already significant…

Climate Change is Our Generation’s Biggest Challenge

3 Million Students Educated on Climate Science, Impacts and Solutions    

Live green, think green: Sustainable school architecture and children’s environmental attitudes and behaviors

The study determined if the children’s environmental attitudes and behaviors are different at sustainable schools and conventional schools.

Greening America’s Schools

American Federation of teachers.

Green Schools National Network

Growth in careers within environmental and sustainability fields is expected to trend upward for the foreseeable future. This webinar will feature two school districts that are giving students opportunities to hone these skills.

Green Schools Alliance

The Alliance connects more than 13,000 sustainability champions across 9,000+ schools, districts, and organizations from 48 U.S. states and 91 countries.

What is a green school?

A green school is about more than curriculum, more than programming and more than bricks and mortar. It’s a school that supports global sustainability in every way. A green school begins with the future in…

Project Green Schools

13 Pathways to Greening your schools.

Buildings That Teach

Districts face the task of building and remodeling old schools. Every other facet of American life has changed over the last 20 years, and this task is no exception. Forward-thinking communities are taking a hard…


Georgia Tech’s Living Building, The Southeast’s Greenest, Is A Marvel Of Efficiency And Spare Parts

By Josh Green   11/14/19  
t’sIt’s not every day the president of a major university stands before an auditorium packed to the walls with dignitaries and journalists, raises his arms like an inspired evangelist, points toward the restrooms, and extolls…

Sustainable Schools Make the Grade

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group hones in on the importance of designing sustainable schools.

Sustainability 101: How to Build a Truly Eco-Friendly School

Here are some of our favorite ideas for building schools that don’t just protect the environment today, but lay the foundation for the next generation as well.

5 ways to embrace school design sustainability in 2018

By Julian Owen   03/17/18  
Designing schools focused on energy efficiency will not only help meet budgetary and social requirements, but also spread a planet-friendly message

Exploring Six Principles of Sustainable School Design

By Randall Fielding   06/01/12  
The science of ecology provides us with a marvelous framework for understanding sustainable school facilities. Just as ecosystems in nature are sustained by the biodiversity within them, high performing schools support a diversity of learning…

Green School Design: Better For Health And Education…And More Cost-effective

By Gregory Kats   06/29/09  
A look at a new trend in school design that focuses on green school design to provide a healthier (and more cost-effective!) environment for students.