(WIVB) - Schools across the country are taking steps to go green andteachers said it's making a difference in the classroom.
President Obama has pushed going green as a way to createjobs. Recently, The House of Representatives has approved $6.4billion to turn America's schools into more energy efficient, greenbuildings, and one school in Alexandria, Virginia is alreadyleading the way.
The machine is nick-named a nuclear hand dryer, even awaterless urinal, students go with the eco-friendly flow at TCWilliams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
"This yogurt right here, this could actually, if it wouldhave been washed out, could have been recycled."
Measuring their trash, to see if they can reduce it aso-called raingarden, a giant, earthen storm drain designed to sopup pollutants from runoff.
Antifreeze, oils, things like that, that are normallyintroduced on streets."
Rainwater gets recycled, solar panels, and a vinyl-like coverkeeps the roof ten degrees cooler. School officials believedaylight improves student performance, test scores and attitudes.
"They really do respect the facility, and it has really madea difference in student academic achievement."
But going green takes green. 2-5 percent more thanconventional buildings, in this case about $2 million. Still,supporters said it pays off. "The typical green school saves$100,000 a year on direct operating expenses. In school terms,that's enough to hire two new teachers, purchase 200 new computersor 5,000 textbooks."
The school featured also has specially-glazed windows. Theycut down on the heat from sunlight streaming in, providing naturallight to interior hallways, light that's both energy-efficient andhas educational benefits.
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