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  • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities: This newly launched website contains thousands of publications and resources for school districts, architects, facility planners, and other educational organizations interested in K-12 school facilities. Topics include: facility planning, financing, design and construction, operations, and maintenance, among many others.
  • Energy Smart Schools Initiative (U.S. Department of Energy): This new initiative will help reduce energy bills in our nation's schools, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and redirect the savings to our children and their education.
  • Indoor Air Quality Initiative (Environmental Protection Agency): Good indoor air quality contributes to a favorable learning environment for students, productivity for teachers and staff, and a sense of comfort, health, and well-being for school occupants. This web site provides information and a practical plan of action to improve indoor air quality in schools.
  • Vice President Gore's "Livable Communities" Initiative: Description of a new federal initiative to achieve smart, sustainable growth in cities, suburbs and rural areas. This includes restoring a sense of community by fostering citizen and private sector involvement in local planning, including the placement of schools and other public facilities.
  • The American Institute of Architect's Center for Livable Communities: This initiative brings together the many activities the Institute has undertaken related to urban design and quality of life. The Center is developing a centralized databank of information on livable communities, including books, new research, case studies, and articles, and they have a special focus on designing schools as centers of community.
  • Council of Educational Facilities Planners, International: CEFPI is a non-profit information agency that provides extensive information and resources on building, renovating, and evaluating schools.
  • Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design (University of Virginia): The Thomas Jefferson Center provides field-based information and interdisciplinary research on innovations in the field of school design.
Above are hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user's convenience. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.


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