Advances in classroom technology and innovative learning methods are connecting teachers and students through screens and digital tools, rather than wasting paper.
Chemical-free, or green cleaning, is becoming a fast growing trend among universities and corporate businesses.
The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that 3 billion square feet of building space around the world has been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
Though much of the push toward sustainable structures is motivated by a desire to protect the environment, there are also other factors that may make running green facilities appealing for the commercial, educational and residential sectors.
The World Green Building Council is also taking steps to encourage companies to maintain clean facilities, such as the recent initiation of a project that seeks to demonstrate the efficiency and health advantages of green structures for businesses, Justmeans reported.
Just as organizations in the corporate sector have realized, U.S. universities are discovering that energy efficiency upgrades can have tremendous benefits, both in terms of environmental impact and financial success.
As more and more companies realize that sustainability is a key factor in competitiveness, green building practices are constantly evolving.
For many U.S. universities, building a reputation as a center for high education goes beyond what is taught in their classrooms.