Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
This paper looks at various studies to determine the impact of sustainable design elements on students' learning through researching previous studies and applying positive attributes to a case study of Bush Elementary School located in Essexville, Michigan. The sustainable practices outlined in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) that will be focused on are thermal comfort, lighting, indoor environmental quality, and using the building as a teaching tool. This paper will briefly discuss why sustainable practices are an important issue on a global and local level. Implementing environmentally preferable building elements in schools is not only beneficial to the planet but can also have a positive effect on absentee rates, student and teacher attitudes, and test scores. Deteriorating educational facilities are becoming increasingly prevalent. Investments into the infrastructure of buildings can benefit students, staff, and long term savings.
Levengood, Mary, "Impact of Sustainable Design Elements on Student Learning" (2017). Senior Honors Theses. 526.