According to reports from Smart Growth Online, the Green Guide has released its 2006 list of Top 10 Green Schools in the United States. More than 2,500 schools were invited to participate in the 2006 green schools survey, and the detailed responses from the most environmentally-committed K-12 schools in the U.S. were used to create this report.

As mentioned in the report, schools need to provide children with healthy environments in which to do their best work. Children also benefit from curriculum that integrates the environment into their studies. A healthy school building is no small matter when nationwide asthma attacks result in 14 million missed school days each year. Beyond eliminating allergens and chemical contaminants, schools need to better the conditions in which kids perform, offering more daylight (shown to boost test scores when glare and noise are eliminated), providing healthy meals, and cycling out stale air.

On this year's list, our top 10 actually contains 11 schools, owing to two tied scores in the eighth and tenth places. Six of these 11 are public, indicating that environmental improvements are within reach of all schools, public or private. Nine of our previous year's top 10 are within this year's top 20; a lack of survey data accounts for the only missing school from 2005.

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