Cincinnati Schools Uses Sustainable Strategies to Rethink the Gymnasium

Cincinnati Public Schools uses sustainable-design strategies to rethink the gymnasium.

Photo of a sensor-controlled gymnasium ceiling fan at Cincinnati's Midway SchoolPhoto of a sensor-controlled gymnasium ceiling fan at Cincinnati's Midway School

You don't have to spend a lot of time searching the Internet to find study after study proclaiming the benefits of so-called green schools - facilities that create healthy, learning-conducive environments while saving energy, resources and money. Reports of improved test scores and reduced student absenteeism caused by illness come from all regions of the country. For example, at Third Creek Elementary School in Statesville, N.C. (the country's first LEED Gold-certified K-12 school, completed in 2002), test scores from before and after students moved into the building provide compelling evidence that learning improves in greener, healthier facilities. And an analysis of two school districts in Illinois found that student attendance rose by 5 percent after cost-effective indoor air quality improvements were made.

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