Schools helping for an energy efficient future
The subject of green behaviour is more and more integrated in our daily lives. We are starting to know that it is important for us and especially for our children so of course schools cannot stay behind. This is the reason why the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System started the Rossview Elementary School in the United States. The special aspect of this elementary is that it’s the first green school in the US.
Not only the building is energy efficient but the school has also started a student-led recycling team. In this way they try to convince the parents and others to follow the example of their children and participate. Furthermore you have a ‘green champion’ who is the green leader of the class and helps them towards an energy efficient consumption.
But this is not the only importance for the school. Teachers want to help each child by talking to them individually or in small groups so they can learn and understand everything on their own level. The basics of the school are Respect, and this involves respect towards the teachers as for the environment; Effort; Attitude; Coorporation, in order to reach their goals; and Honesty, they want to make the children to feel responsible for their actions. When you combine these 5 basics, you get the acronym R.E.A.C.H. Hopefully they can reach a greener future.
In the meanwhile, The US green building council is supporting the initiative. On the website http://www.greenschoolbuildings.org they give tips to create a healthy environment to support learning while saving energy, resources and money.