How Healthy Schools Save Money
Why healthy schools don't cost — they pay.
The Healthy Facilities Award is designed to help schools
everywhere become healthier, both physically and fiscally, by
showcasing facilities that model healthful, safe indoor environments,
along with budget benefits, in areas such as indoor
air quality, chemical exposure, water quality, sound levels,
lighting, cleaning, disinfecting, sanitizing and foodservice,
integrated pest management, ergonomics, classrooms, HVAC
and ceilings, furniture, restrooms, floors, stairs, drinking
fountains, cafeterias, foodservice, locker rooms and security.
Award levels include Gold Standard of Excellence, Silver
Standard of Excellence and Healthy Facilities Advocate.
The program, developed by School Planning & Management
(SP&M) and College Planning & Management (CP&M)
magazines, in partnership with the Healthy Facilities Institute
(HFI), will recognize leaders selected from pK-12, highereducation
and other institutions that have demonstrated
a commitment to better learning environments based on
the application of well-established principles of healthy indoor
environments as shown in the Healthy and Safe Facility
Why is this important? According to Dr. David Mudarri,
HFI advisory board member: “A healthy mind and healthy
body go together. Available research shows improved indoor
environments can have a profound effect on human health,
enhancing ability to learn and test scores.”
Moreover, healthy schools do not cost — they pay. To
download your entry form or to access the Healthy and Safe
Facility Handbook, visit spaces4learning.com/HFA. There is
no fee to enter, and the process will help you advance on the
path to both physical and fiscal health.