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Where we learn matters: Cut & Compose collection making a difference

All students should have the opportunity to attend a green school, and with the help of Shaw Contract Group’s new education collection, we can help make this a reality.

Cut & Compose brings bold, typographic design to interiors, while supporting the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council in its mission to create green schools for everyone within this generation. 1.5% of all sales from this collection will go to the Green Apple initiative to transform educational spaces into healthier, safer, more sustainable learning environments. Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools said, “We are excited to work with Shaw Contract Group to advance the message that where our children learn matters.”

Cut & Compose supports USGBC's Center for Green Schools' Green Apple Day of Service by driving awareness and   donating 1.5% of all sales of the product to the Center for Green Schools.

Cut & Compose supports USGBC’s Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service by driving awareness and donating 1.5% of all sales from this collection to the Center for Green Schools.

Read more about this collection at usgbc.org here  and at centerforgreenschools.org here.



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Health and Well-Being Cited as Important Green School Factors

According to a new study by McGraw-Hill Construction, health and well-being are just as important as cost savings in driving the green education market. Both K-12 and higher education establishments plan to continue investments in green schools, citing financial and social benefits.

LEED-certified CNM Student Resouce Center in Albuquerque, NM featuring Shaw Contract Group Slice and Shatter tile

“Over 75 percent of respondents consider improving indoor air quality and enhancing health and well being as key drivers, which is nearly the same percentage that cite financial benefits, such as lower operating costs and reduced energy use,” said Harvey Bernstein, vice president, Industry Insights and Alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction.
“In the K-12 sector, social factors are particularly prominent, with over 75% of respondents also citing increased student performance as an important element of their decision to build green. Aside from the real benefits to our young people in their development, this is also particularly important at driving future green building growth, as our next generation of construction industry professionals learn practices that will become embedded into the design and construction of all buildings in the future.”

Additional social benefits of green building, cited by study respondents, include:
70% of K-12 respondents cited improved test scores as well as higher education respondents citing 39% had increased enrollment. Positive impact on student health and well-being was reported by all K-12 respondents and 90% of higher education respondents.

For more key findings from the New & Retrofit Green Schools study, visit McGraw-Hill Construction.

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