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Minnesota Green Schools Coalition launches resource website

The Minnesota Green Schools Coalition, formed by the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-Minnesota) announced the launch of a new website.

The site will serve as a central repository for tools and resources for everyone looking for information about green schools. It will include information on: curriculum, design and construction of new schools, operations and maintenance of existing schools, research, tools and calculators to benchmark and measure building performance, case studies and financing/technical assistance. Other features include a calendar of green school events throughout the state, as well as an interactive Blog allowing individuals to share additional resources, best practices, and ask questions.

"The Green School Coalition Web site will provide a one-stop shop for individuals seeking information on how to make school buildings healthier and more sustainable," said Mike Smoczyk, a member of the Coalition's Executive Committee. "Parents, students, educators and anyone interested in making school buildings green will have access to a wealth of information."

Green schools provide children a safe, clean, energy efficient place for teachers to prepare the next generation of leaders and citizens. Green schools increase student productivity, learning and test scores while helping to reduce absenteeism up to 15 percent. There are 12 LEED certified educational facilities in Minnesota, five of which are K-12 institutions.

USGBC-Minnesota received a grant from the Center for Green Schools and matching donation from Hallberg Engineering to create the new Web site. Visit the New Web Site at .