2011 | Thought Leadership and Research Proceedings. Green Schools That Teach: Whole-School Sustainability.


The combination of green school design, green organizational behavior, and aligned educational goals sets the stage for the attributes of green schools to become teaching tools. This research study collected responses on five LEED certified green schools promoting sustainability through all aspects of the school organization, including facility design, organizational culture, and educational philosophy. The purpose of the study was to explore the attributes of whole-school sustainability to propose a framework for best practices. Shared sustainable values among stakeholders formed a supportive culture informing decisions about facility design and curriculum and guided the whole-school sustainability process. The physical context of participating schools reinforced successful whole-school sustainability through hands-on learning opportunities for students and physical representation of the entity's values. Alignment of sustainability values within facility and site, organizational culture, and educational program were found critical to the success in creating whole-school sustainability.

Citation: Barr, S., Leigh, K., Dunbar, B., & Tremblay, K. (2011). Green Schools That Teach: Whole-School Sustainability. Thought Leadership and Research Proceedings. Greenbuild, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON. US Green Building Council, 4 October 2011.