The core focus of sustainability is on maximizing long-term benefits while minimizing negative effects. This definition applies to what most people think of when they hear the word sustainability: reducing environmental harm and helping to improve our environment over time. It can go beyond that as well.
Strategic sustainability benefits the environment, the happiness of those who use the building, and the budgets of those financing the project. We’ve discussed before that sustainability is a triple bottom line that makes environmental sustainability both practical and pragmatic.
A new study commissioned by the Green Schools Alliance adds further proof to that argument. Schools that are environmentally sustainable increase benefits across the board. In fact, the study shows the improved views on sustainable schools compared to conventional ones:
- 72% of school administrators believe sustainable schools are better choices to reduce absenteeism
- 74% believe they’re better for attracting and retaining teachers
- 71% believe they’re better at improving student performance
- 87% believe they present a better community image.
The benefits of environmental sustainability go beyond perception, with positive implications on student health and district budget.
- Schools with sustainably designed air purification contribute to reducing the number of students with asthma.
- Sustainable schools save as much as $100,000 per year on operating costs.
When planning for a new facility, considering sustainable strategies can be a valuable rallying point for building community pride, bettering the environment, and ensuring the long-term benefits of the facility.
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