Are public schools which are designed to promote green environmental standards living up to their promise? Well not according to a recent study by the National Center for Policy Analysis, which notes that in several pilot projects in the state of Washington, so-called green schools have not garnered good grades. Despite promises of reducing energy costs by 30 percent, the study found the actual differences were in fact quite small, with the green schools in no case being the most energy efficient in the district. And while they were also supposed to reduce absenteeism, the results indicate that some are faring worse than other surrounding schools. Little wonder the study urges Congress to take a recess on spending more for green school construction.
October 2, 2008 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.