Schools across the country pose serious health and safety concerns for kids and teachers.
Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at U.S. Green Building Council, tells TakePart that the conditions in many public schools are "deplorable" and "unfit for humans to be inside."
Now, what if we put money into not just fixing these schools, but transforming them into green schools? If this happens, Gutter says, there will be a "desirable payback based on the energy and water savings." Not to mention schools will become a much healthier place for students and faculty.
To highlight the big and small changes we can make to green our schools, The National Building Museum has a new exhibit showcasing actual green classrooms. Visitors who walk through the classrooms can see the green features in action.
Click through the gallery to see cool green innovations at schools across the country.
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