Children are not the same as adults. Schools are not the same as office buildings.

CHPS supports an evidence-based approach to the design, construction, and operation of school buildings, and we support in partnership or spirit any study that seeks to better understand the connection between the physical environment and the wellbeing of students, teachers, and school administrators. We have attempted to compile existing evidence and other resources from our partners that will help you learn about this important connection.

Studies & Reports

The Impact of School Infrastructure on Learning: A Synthesis of the Evidence, World Bank, 2019

http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/853821543501252792/The-Impact-of-School-Infrastructure-on-Learning-A-Synthesis-of-the-Evidence

Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Healthy Buildings Program

https://schools.forhealth.org/ - ongoing initiative covering K-12 schools, multiple studies

Foundations for Student Success: How School Buildings Influence Student Health, Thinking and Performance - quick link to 2017 report

Green Schools Attributes for Health & Learning, funded by Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, 2006

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11756/green-schools-attributes-for-health-and-learning

2014 Study on Elementary Student Performance Relative to Surrounding "Greenness" of the School

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4195655/ - link goes to the abstract

Towards Healthy Schools, Healthy Schools Network, 2016

http://www.healthyschools.org/data/files/TowardsHealthySchools-Risks.pdf

EPA Research Grants for Healthy Schools

https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/healthy-schools-research-grants - main page

https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/568/records_per_page/ALL - 2015 grantees with links to reports and articles

Training

EPA On-Demand Webinars for IAQ

https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/ondemand-training-webinars

EPA Webinar on Energy Efficiency & Health

Getting Started with Energy Savings + Health: Integrating Energy Efficiency, Health & Safety