High-performance schools are defined by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) as "learning environments that are designed to be: energy efficient, healthy, comfortable, well lit, and to contain the amenities needed for a quality education."
Cleaner Air. Healthier Children.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), for a school to be considered a healthy environment: “Good indoor air quality is essential. Pollutant sources must be minimized and adequate ventilation and air filtration must be provided. The significant amount of time that students and teachers spend inside schools during their educational careers, combined with children’s increased susceptibility to indoor pollutants, underscores the importance of high indoor environmental quality.”
Both the CHPS and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools sustainable building programs identify pollutant source control as a vital sustainability objective and reference use of GREENGUARD Gold Certified products as an important step in improving indoor air quality and reducing children’s exposure to harmful chemicals.
Healthy Schools Nurture Healthy Kids
The diagram below shows some of the products found in educational environments that can be sources of harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Selecting low-emitting GREENGUARD Certified products is an effective way to limit the sources of indoor air pollution.