“It really isn’t just about building more sustainable schools, but also cultivating that a sustainable mindset in the schools,” said architect Tony Hans, who had worked on various zero-energy school projects including the nation’s first net-zero energy school. Unbeknownst to many, not only are American schools the second-largest public infrastructure investment, they are also among the biggest energy consumers in the public sector. This not only burdens the environment, but children themselves suffer from heatstroke that affects hormones and sleep cycles, as well as their respiratory systems. Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, and the Biden administration’s bipartisan infrastructure deal, signal the priority of creating sustainable school buildings.

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