NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


May 15, 2009

A National Center for Policy Analysis study slams government spending on green schools, including federal outlays from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

The study says green school construction does not live up to promised energy efficiencies, that costs often are higher than those for traditional buildings and there is no improvement in attendance.  The NCPA points to a survey of Washington state schools showing energy costs were not reduced by a promised 30 to 50 percent and there were no major cost savings and attendance impact.

  • Congress is considering $20 billion for new green schools nationwide.
  • President Obama's stimulus plan also has as much as $15 million that could be used for green school construction by state and local districts, according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

The idea of green schools is backed by environmental groups, green building advocates and Democratic lawmakers who say they will schools reduce energy costs, further the use of renewable energy and make schools more attractive to students.

Source: Mike Sunnucks, "Study Slams Government Spending on Green Schools," Phoenix Business Journal, May 13, 2009; based upon: Todd Myers, "Green Schools Don't Make the Grade," National Center for Policy Analysis, Brief Analysis No.622, August 23, 2008.

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