NSBA believes students, teachers, and administrators should learn, teach, and work in a clean, green and safe school environment.


NSBA believes every school-age child deserves the finest K-12 public education possible. Striving to provide the highest quality education, one that enables every student to achieve their full potential, is grounded in many factors including the learning environment. Indeed, a school’s physical structure is a critical component to student success, and schools that are clean, green and safe ensure they are sanctuaries for learning and teaching.

NSBA created the Clean, Green and Safe Schools initiative to offer school board members information they can use to develop policies and protocols to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, teachers, administrators and visitors. The initiative also provides access to experts who can help school boards develop and implement a plan to improve school buildings so they are energy and cost efficient, safe, and designed to provide an optimal learning environment.


A Clean, Green, and Safe School District


2/1/2018, U.S. Newsweek, "Will Trump Rebuild America's Schools?"

2/2018, American School Board Journal, What to consider when planning for new or retrofitted school buildings.  Can new schools be designed so they will not be obsolete before their time?  Read ASBJ's Storyboard "Building the Perfect School."

5/15/2017, NSBA informs Congress: "Schools across our country face challenges associated with depleted infrastructure; existing buildings are inadequate and outdated. Recent estimates place total school facility needs, including technology, at well over $500 billion, which is beyond the capacity of many communities and States to address". Read NSBA's letter on Rebuilding America’s Schools Act of 2017.

Fact Sheet from Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Clean Up After a Disaster

Critical Infrastructure Security, Department of Homeland Security

9/28/2018 Fall 2018 Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

Everyone has a role to play in creating sustainable, healthy, and resilient communities, including schools. The Fall 2018 Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly explores how schools are responding to this charge, from working with their communities to implement climate action plans and bounce back from natural disasters to inspiring students to solve local challenges. Resiliency is cultivated within schools too, and this issue will introduce you to schools that are creating resilient students through trauma-informed education and mindfulness practices.

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