Register with GEF for FREE to enjoy these great benefits! 

    • member only contests and raffles

    • sustainability program news and updates

    • significant discounts at GEF Institute

Note: If you have problems registering, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JOIN GEF NOW!

Taking a GEF Institute Course? Login by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

Join Us

Sign Up for GEF's National Green Week 2015!
Please note: Your privacy is very important to GEF. We do not share or sell any of your data.  It is with the sole purpose of providing you with relevant information that GEF will contact you.
Login/SignUp

Welcome to the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Here, you can find free sustainability lessons to use in your class and upload your own lessons to share. Be sure to rate the lessons you use and leave comments for your colleagues!

All of GEF's lessons and programs are offered at no cost.  Become a member to support GEF and enjoy member only benefits! 
Join button_03

Professional Development

GEFinstitute LOGO_WEB GEF Institute offers affordable, online sustainability courses eligible for professional development or academic credit.
Give your resume a boost!

Sponsor a Teacher

Support educators in your community by helping them earn a Certificate in Sustainability or take an online course. Find out more about sponsorship!
Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Healthy Schools Audit

Lesson Description:
Words like carbon footprint, eco-friendly and e-cycling have been tossed around a lot these days. Being green is as much a part of our culture as apple pie.  But what does it mean for schools? Healthy school building environments mean healthy students.  And taking care of the health of your building is as important as taking care of the health of students. Why? Students are affected by so many environmental factors in schools including poor indoor air quality, inadequate light, too many chemicals, inappropriate room temperature, and poor water quality.  

Children are so much smaller than adults and their bodies may not be well-equipped to handle poor school surroundings which can result in greater health problems. Higher absenteeism, increased respiratory ailments (asthma), lowered test scores, decreased staff and teacher productivity, allergies, flu, sick building syndrome (a combination of illnesses) are often the result of poor building health.   

Healthy school buildings that are safe for students to reside in can significantly benefit their ability to perform in schools.  For example, improved ventilation can reduce the number of cases of cold and flu.  Improved lighting and temperature control can improve a student’s mood and temperament, and contribute to less behavioral issues.   Improved air quality and reduced chemical use can drastically reduce the number of asthma and allergy cases for both students and staff.  Additional benefits of greening schools include reduced teacher sick days, lower operational and maintenance costs, reduced insurance and improved educational quality.

At times, school leaders are happy to just have a building to reside in and will take whatever comes their way. Tight budgets drive a lot of what can be improved in these schools. Many feel in order to create a healthy or green school building they need to have a brand new building, but that’s not the case.  There are some small changes your school can make on the road to becoming green.

The GEF Healthy Schools Audit helps to evaluate not only energy, light, and water inefficiencies in your school, but also the quality of chemical management, transportation, recycling, and more. Click on the image for a printable PDF of the Healthy Schools Audit.
Lesson Type:
  • Audit

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Building Program
  • Green Energy Challenge

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Healthy School Audit.pdf
Located in: Science | Math

The Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse is brought to you in partnership with

Center for Green Schools