Green School Buildings: The Many Benefits of Natural Lighting

The use of natural light in green schools benefits students, teachers and administrators. By reducing energy requirements, natural light also offers an environmentally friendly means of bettering the bottom line. The sun provides higher light levels than traditional lighting while reducing energy costs. Natural light affords excellent illumination of educational materials and this appears to improve test scores. A well known school-building study, completed by the Heschong Mahone Group, identifies test scores 7-26 percent higher for schoolchildren in classrooms with plentiful natural light than for those in classrooms with little or no daylight. A study from Alberta Education, titled A...

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Green School Buildings Health and Performance Benefits Part 2

Green schools are designed to use water efficiently, provide clean air and be well insulated. Green buildings are also designed to remain dry, comfortable and quiet.Many green schools have visible features like more windows to let in natural light, but green schools also have less visible features like effective insulation that reduces condensation. By managing excessive moisture green schools have reduced asthma and respiratory disease in schoolchildren.Vivian Loftness is a professor of architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council. In...

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Green School Buildings Health and Performance Benefits Part 1

Whether new or retrofits, green schools are on the increase. Green schools offer a wide range of advantages. Perhaps most importantly, they reduce a school's environmental footprint, while improving health and learning.Through things like good ventilation and reduced noise, green buildings are able to improve test scores while reducing absenteeism, asthma and allergies. A report titled, "Review and Assessment of the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools," concluded that a number of green-school attributes are vital to health and learning.Green schools are not only healthier for people and the planet, they are good for the bottom line. According to...

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Cititec ISO Environmental Management

Cititec is an IT recruitment solutions company that has earned ISO 14001, one of the leading international environmental management certification processes.Created by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 was developed by an international selection of business groups, environmental bodies and governments with the aim of facilitating environmental improvement in the private sector. Companies implementing ISO 14001 are independently audited, thus ensuring the integrity of actions and the authenticity of improvements. Cititec was audited by Bureau Veritas, the world`s leading ISO 14001 certifier, assessing companies in 80 countries.Cititec delivers IT recruitment solutions to the world's leading investment banks, corporate treasuries...

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ISO Principles for Environmental Labels and Claims

These principles are part of ISO 14020, they serve as a prerequisite for all the other standards in the series.1. Environmental labels and declarations shall be accurate, verifiable, relevant, and not misleading.2. Procedures and requirements for environmental labels and declarations shall not be prepared, adopted, or applied with a view to, or with the effect of, creating unnecessary obstacles to international trade.3. Environmental labels and declarations shall be based on scientific methodology that is sufficiently thorough and comprehensive to support the claim and that produces results that are accurate and reproducible.4. Information concerning the procedure, methodology, and any criteria used...

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Electric Vehicles Will Drive Demand for Lithium

Lithium is a key ingredient in the power plants of electric vehicles, prompting Public Broadcasting (PBS) to say that, "Lithium is a metal which may soon make our old-fashioned, oil-dependent vehicle obsolete." Technology Review has said that,"Lithium batteries are driving a renaissance in electric vehicle development." Lithium battery powered electric vehicles come in a range of sizes and configurations from tiny unicycles to large transport trucks. Toyota's Prius is a well known hybrid vehicle that has been a commerical success for years followed by Honda's Insight. Nissan recently inaugurated an affordable vehicle called the Leaf and most car makers have already released...

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