Do you know that children learn mostly by mimicking what you do?
Laura Cole, a professor of architectural studies in the University of Missouri's College of Human Environmental Sciences said that students will inherently learn and appreciate the importance of green buildings when the idea is instill in them at a tender age.
According to the test study case led by Cole to inquire whether "Teaching Green" at middle schools actually made a difference to the kids taught in those schools.
The results from Laura Cole’s test confirmed what is generally believed by many that show that children learn mostly by mimicking what we do rather than what we tell them to do. Students taught in green schools "had much higher levels of environmentally friendly behaviors while at school, such as recycling and turning off lights," Hence showed much better knowledge of environmentally friendly practices in general.
Obvious features like easy-to-use recycling facilities, plus less obvious ones like open-air hallways (which doesn’t need the use of air conditioning or warmer devices), repurposed construction materials, and exposed beams and other architectural features that let kids see how the places are put together.
Although Green-designed schools are great, ripping all our old schools out to replace them with greener buildings is impractical, expensive and time consuming. But existing schools can participate at lower levels by introducing greener practices. Anything educators can do to utilize existing space can help students’ green building literacy.
Teaching future and current generations of kids to turn out the lights, or not leave the faucet running, or to maybe put on a sweater instead of cranking the heating could someday have an impact on future energy use.
In conclusion, Cole defines the schools as "places where architects and educators have aspired to use the school building to amplify student understanding of environmental sustainability”