A recent study by ISGlobal showed that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain, improved working memory and reduced inattentiveness. Green schools are better for learning because they keep students healthy and increase their focus, attention span and memory. Well-designed, high-quality school facilities can have dramatic effects on scholastic performance.
A school can only achieve LEED certification after undergoing a technically rigorous construction process, including the incorporation of environmentally friendly building materials to achieve an efficient and healthy indoor environment.
One school, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS), is helping to lead the way in China. Recognized as one of the top international schools in Shanghai, YCIS offers international education for kindergarten, primary school and secondary school students.
In 2018, the school’s new state-of-the-art Ronghua Campus achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first school in Shanghai to do so.
The YCIS Shanghai Ronghua Campus was designed by a renowned architectural firm specializing in innovative learning spaces for children. The green features include:
- Energy-efficient design
- Enhanced indoor environmental quality along with advanced air purification systems
- Design features to maximize natural light
- Low-flow flush fixtures and flow fixtures for water use reduction
- Responsibly sourced materials used throughout
- Noise-absorbing materials chosen to reduce acoustical performance
- Urban core location with several bus stations and one subway station nearby to reduce car use
- Parking locations that are placed under coverage to minimize the heat island effect.
The campus is dedicated to providing a green learning space that drives physical, mental and social health for children. It has also become an education platform for students and their parents to experience, learn and share knowledge about green building and products.