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Growing Greener Schools

Children planting seedlings
Juan Villegas
Children planting seedlings

Airs Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Today's focus on green building is giving us a better understanding of the potential impacts our school buildings have, not only on the environment, but on our children's - and their teachers' - health and development. Armed with this new knowledge, many school districts across the country are taking "green" to a new level.

Considering that one in five Americans spend their days in K-12 schools, this green-school movement is positioned to become a significant contributor to improving our nation's environmental and public health. The challenge, however, is in establishing green school definitions and standards that will meet the needs of under-represented people, struggling schools, diverse communities and geographical regions.

"Growing Greener Schools" is both a PBS television event and a movement, empowering students, teachers, and parents to incorporate green ideas into their physical school buildings and classroom curriculum, paving the way for a sustainable future. View the "Growing Greener Schools" online video gallery and photo gallery.

Become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our community of students, teachers, administrators, green activists, and everyday citizens.

Preview: Growing Greener Schools