As more industries work to make their products and procedures environmentally responsible, green certifications programs help guide both industry and consumers.Recognizing the special vulnerability that children have to environmental exposures and the special considerations in constructing schools, the U.S. Green Building Council created a committee to draft guidelines for constructing green schools. The USGBC recognized many differences between standard commercial construction and school construction needs. Such differences can be noted in the addition of acoustical standards for classrooms and the requirement that schools are not to be built near landfills as to prevent potential toxic exposures. Public comment period closed on February 23.
Read the press release from the Healthy Schools Campaign.
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