Sustainable School Survey D204

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Solar Schools:

Reduce reliance on electricity generated from polluting coal plants

Save money on electricity bills and over the life of the system

Electric School Buses:

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning diesel

Reduce exposure to air pollution inside and outside the bus

School Gardens:

Restore biodiversity

Rejuvenate soil

Serve as learning opportunities

Efficient Buildings:

Reduce reliance on electricity generated from polluting coal plants

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning natural gas

Save money on energy bills

Plastic & Styrofoam Waste:

Does not always get recycled

Causes litter and harms wildlife

Food Waste:

Is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions

Composting turns food waste into a resource to improve soil fertility

Climate Change:

Is caused by elevated atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, which come from burning fossil fuels and other sources

Results in extreme weather, dangerous outdoor working conditions, damage to infrastructure, health effects, and water and food insecurity

Rapid action to reduce and ultimately eliminate greenhouse gas emissions will limit further catastrophic environmental and human impacts


Solar schools all over the country are saving money on electricity bills

State, federal, and utility money is available to help school districts be more energy efficient

Certain energy efficiency measures save money over the life of the system, while others do not (all reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs)

Electric school buses can be more expensive than diesel buses to purchase, but are cheaper to operate