With the goal of promoting healthier schools, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute announced today that it will host a panel discussion-style news conference at Greenbuild 2010 alongside green building experts from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Charter Schools Network.
With the goal of promoting healthier schools, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute announced today that it will host a panel discussion-style news conference at
Greenbuild 2010 alongside green building experts from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Charter Schools Network.
The discussion, which will explore critical issues
facing the greening of America’s schools, will be moderated by Holley Henderson,
IIDA, LEED AP, founder of H2Ecodesign, Inc., and will
feature panelists Henning Bloech, LEED AP, executive director of the GREENGUARD
Environmental Institute; Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools
at USGBC; and Jennifer Seydel, member of the board of directors for the Green
Charter Schools Network.
Topics to be explored include the
environmental and human health impacts of green schools; the cost-savings and
capital gains of sustainably built and operated schools; and the broader social,
economic, and cultural consequences of the broad adoption of green building
practices. A special emphasis will be placed on indoor environmental quality and
its impact on student performance, attendance, comfort, and overall
“We are pleased to team up with the
USGBC Center for Green Schools and the Green Charter Schools
Network to help drive awareness about greener, healthier schools and their
connection to healthier, more productive students,” Bloech said. “At a time when
asthma rates are skyrocketing among children, resulting in 14 million missed
school days each year in this country alone, it’s critical that school leaders,
community leaders, government leaders, parents, and educators work together to
ignite change. Healthier schools lead to healthier
Seydel agreed, noting that the practice of
building and maintaining green schools “is not just about protecting our
environment or driving capital gains in real estate; it’s about protecting human
capital-the students, teachers, and staff who shape
In addition to improving student health and
saving taxpayer dollars, greening America’s schools also affords
communities the “opportunity to educate the new generation of
leaders-sustainability natives-who are capable of driving global market
transformation,” Gutter said. “I look forward to participating in what’s sure to
be a lively, engaging, and informative discussion on the impact of green schools
alongside the other distinguished
The panel discussion news conference will take place Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
CST at the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s booth (number 1545).
Members of the media will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists
during a Q-and-A session. Media are encouraged to RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, Nov. 16.