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Back to School Blues or Back to School Greens?

Posted in Blog on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 10:31 am No Comments
Back to School Blues or Back to School Greens?

The Spinnaker Group Inc.
Sustainability + LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling, Building Commissioning
By: Jessica Lieberman, LEED AP ID+C, Director of Marketing

It’s nearly impossible to believe that summer is nearly over and it’s “that time of year again”. You know what I’m talking about…the kids head off to the bus stop, the calendar becomes inundated with school events and your local Target store looks more like an office supply store! But going back to school doesn’t necessarily have to be blue…it can be green!  In fact, there are so many green schools out there now; the comprehensive lists are quite long and reach well into the thousands! These educational facilities aren’t just limited to elementary or prep schools either. No, the colleges and universities all over the world are also choosing to go green. Most local South Florida colleges have LEED Certified buildings on campus; University of Miami, Miami Dade College, FIU, FAU and Lynn University are just a few schools that The Spinnaker Group has been personally involved in and has provided Sustainable consulting services for. Studies do show that productivity and performance levels do increase when a LEED building is the learning hub. Still don’t believe me? Why not check out this great article by the USGBC that specifically addresses LEED Educational Facilities and find out for yourself! Don’t worry, there won’t be a test.

http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts