Sustainable Schools, Better Teaching, Better Learning

Bosses are finding employees work better in sustainable, healthy buildings and the same is found for students of sustainable schools.

The Green Building Council of Australia chief operating officer Robin Mellon said she believed that investment in quality learning environments was as essential as investment in quality teaching and resources.

Sourceable reported that studies on green schools found that there was a 25 per cent improvement on test scores and a 41 per cent improvement in health can be achieved by providing good lighting and ventilation.

They also found students who have plenty of daylight in their classrooms progress 26 per cent faster in reading and 20 per cent faster in maths and a student’s academic progress could be affected by up to 25 per cent by the classroom environment.

The UK’s University of Salford and Nightingale Architects released research this year that showed a student’s academic achievement could be affected by up to 25 per cent by their classroom environment.

Sustainable schools also give students a hands-on approach to green living, with school gardens, which deepens their understanding of what they are taught.

A better work environment also means teachers have a better place to teach, with studies showing better workplaces attract better workers.