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
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
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
EPA Research Grants for Healthy Schools
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
EPA On-Demand Webinars for IAQ
EPA Webinar on Energy Efficiency & Health