Brief – 26 October 2010 – The Green Building Council of Australia has seen more than 90 schools and universities across Australia register for its Green Star – Education v1 rating tool, with 10 already receiving full certification.

Chief executive of the GBCA Romilly Madew said that the rating tool aims to set a benchmark for sustainable design and construction within Australia’s more than 9500 schools.

“Green Star is already supporting improved learning and teaching outcomes for hundreds of students and teachers around Australia,” said Ms Madew.

“However, with more than 9,500 schools across the nation, this is just the beginning of Australia’s green education revolution.

“Many of Australia’s students and teachers spend each day in schools with badly designed classrooms, poor indoor air quality and limited access to daylight. Evidence and experience shows that this affects student health and learning, teacher morale and school operational costs – as well as the environment,” Ms Madew said.

“Green schools offer tremendous benefits for students, staff and the environment. Our new report outlines these benefits – from lower operating costs right through to reputational equity – with case studies of real green schools in Australia,” Ms Madew concluded.