Friday, January 4, 2013

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, healthy, free of harmful toxins and optimal for learning! Unfortunately, many schools across the country lack the funds to carry out much-needed repairs and renovations—subjecting children to outdated facilities with improper ventilation, poor lighting and inefficient energy usage.  That's why I'm entering the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology. Global Green USA is working to address this situation and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthy, green school.


Why should we work to better our schools? 
The simple answer is that the children benefit just as much as the environment does.  Green schools lead to:
Improved student performance. When children learn in classrooms with natural daylight, improved sound quality and non-toxic building materials such as non-VOC carpets and paints, test scores can improve as much as 20%. Attendance also improves!

More funds for student resources. When green upgrades are made to a school, water and energy costs can be reduced by as much as 40%. These savings can be channeled back into resources that directly benefit students, such as textbooks, computers and other essentials.

Reduced carbon footprint. Greening a school significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

How can you help make a change?

This is an important decision for all of us because it affects out kids. The next generation replies on us and this is our chance to take a step in the right direction for them!  I just nominated the elementary school by our house. My sons both went there and my daughter will next year. I want to know they have a better shot at a bright future!

Disclosure: The information above was provided to me through Influenster. There has been no compensation whatsoever for this post.