The Green Schoolhouse

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Throughout the United States, thousands of students are spending the majority of the day in unhealthy and aging portable classrooms. Not only is their presence required, students are expected to thrive and flourish educationally in such environments. “The aging infrastructure of K–12 schools throughout the nation is a serious problem that is presenting unacceptable health and safety risks for our children,” says Marshall G. Zotara, co-founder and senior managing partner of Cause and Effect Evolutions. “In school districts throughout the country, budget deficits are making it very difficult to fund replacements.” Enter the Green Schoolhouse Series and their commitment to replace dangerous portable classrooms with LEED Platinum designed structures.

The Current Problem

National Education Association statistics indicate that more than $322 million in funding is currently needed for the repair of existing schools. Perhaps one of the biggest areas of concern is portable structures. As a result of the student population booms that have occurred throughout the last 50 years, school districts have erected more than 300,000 trailer-like portable classrooms at K–12 schools. Many such structures, which were intended to be temporary, are still in use.

“We as a nation are placing a huge emphasis on student achievement… yet in many places throughout this country, the school building itself is holding the student back.” Sue Pierce, director of facility planning and energy for the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona”

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