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Cool Green Schools

Cool Green Schools

We engage students in science and health education by challenging them to study and improve the health and learning conditions at their schools. Students benchmark their schools using the tools and methods used by health and building professionals with protocols developed by EPA, Energy Star, and The Coalition for High Performing Schools.

Conditions which students study include: air and water quality, temperature, lighting and sound levels, bacterial contamination, school lunches, food and paper waste, pests, energy and water use. Students are mentored by building and health experts and professionals. We participated in a successful Community Research Partnership with students and faculty from Johns Hopkins and we anticipate continuing our collaboration in the future. After studying the conditions in their schools, students are challenged to create improvements in at least one of the areas they studied. This hands-on science project empowers students to learn and innovate to improve their schools.

Accomplishments: This project has been instrumental in recovering $485,000 in overpaid water charges to the school district, reducing pests, lowering temperatures and improving air quality in some classrooms, identifying water and air quality issues in high schools, identifying non-working ventilation systems, testing students for vision problems, and identifying a superfund site and contamination adjacent to planned school construction, among other accomplishments. The COVID-19 crisis adds additional importance to studying the conditions at our schools and finding innovative solutions to reduce viral transmission.
Focus Areas
Education
Environment/Sustainability
Health/Wellness

Contact
Shan Gordon
410-336-8239
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Address
602 Hollen Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

Website
www.coolgreenschools.com

Year Founded
2012

Fusion Partner Since
2016

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Date

25 October 2020

Categories

Health/Wellness, Environment/Sustainability, Education