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Greener School Buildings
Green building provides a framework of practices and procedures which, when followed, lead to building better buildings and operating and maintaining existing buildings more efficiently. Thus, even if you are not planning to build a new building, your school can benefit from learning about green building. The resources below can provide useful information for beginning or maintaining a greener schools project.  See also our Greening Your Existing School Building and Building New Green Schools pages.

Program / Website
U.S. Green Building Council – Green Schools                                 
A non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. This site focuses exclusively on schools.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Resources for developing High Performance Schools, which are healthy, productive for students and teachers, cost-effective, easy to operate and maintain, and sustainable.
California Energy Commission – Bright Schools Program        
The Bright Schools Program can help schools get the most from renovation and maintenance investments, along with energy efficient designs for new construction. The program offers free services to identify schools’ energy hogs and provide cost effective energy saving solutions for both existing and planned K-12 school facilities. The Energy Efficiency Financing Program provides low interest loans at 3.95% that have helped over 300 school districts install over $39 million in cost saving projects in their schools.
City of San José Go Green Schools Program
Learn specific ways schools and school districts can save money on water, energy, and waste with environmental practices and rebates.
A resource website and free e-newsletter promoting clean, safe, secure, and modern learning environments.