The US public schools redesigning buildings with climate in mind

The US public schools redesigning buildings with climate in mind

School districts are increasingly transitioning to cheaper and greener options. But old building habits and funding constraints can pose a challenge

American schools are the second-largest public infrastructure investment. But what most people don’t know is that they are also among the biggest energy consumers in the public sector. K-12 schools consume about 8% of all the energy used in commercial buildings. In turn, they emit as much carbon dioxide as 18 coal-powered power plants. This not only burdens the environment, but children themselves – students suffer from heatstroke, affected hormone and sleep cycles, as well as respiratory issues.

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