Americans Voice Strong Mandate for Better School Buildings and Infrastructure in New Nationwide Independent Poll

Americans Voice Strong Mandate for Better School Buildings and Infrastructure
                      in New Nationwide Independent Poll

90 percent of Americans agree that more money needs to go toward fixing our
nation's school facilities

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A new independent nationwide
survey reveals 3 out of 4 Americans are supportive of green schools. The
survey, sponsored by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the U.S. Green
Building Council's Center for Green Schools, explores American's attitudes
toward the country's public school buildings and investments to modernize
school infrastructure. The results were announced today during a press
conference at the Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Philadelphia.

The survey results show that 90 percent of Americans think it is important to
improve public school buildings. Across political party lines, more than half
of those surveyed (54 percent) would rate K-12 school buildings and
infrastructure in the United States as poor or fair at best.

"The results of this nationwide survey are a call to action for elected
officials and school leaders across the country," said Rachel Gutter, director
of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "Nine out of 10 Americans believe
that it's time for us to invest in transforming aging school facilities into
21^st century learning environments. Regardless of political affiliation,
Americans agree: where our children learn matters."

More than half of Americans surveyed also feel that the U.S. does not spend
enough money on buildings and infrastructure in K-12 schools. Nearly half of
respondents (49 percent) would donate to a green schools cause and 43 percent
would volunteer time to green their own schools.

"Every day 25 percent of Americans go to school as students, faculty, staff
and administrators. Green schools improve learning, health and productivity,
while lowering operating costs. There is measurable opportunity here to
improve the day-to-day life for a quarter of Americans," said John Mandyck,
chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. "These
results show a tremendous level of public support for school infrastructure
improvements and the investment they will require."

The Center for Green Schools estimates it will cost $271 billion to bring
school buildings up to working order and comply with laws. If additional steps
are taken to ensure schools meet today's education, safety and health
standards, the Center estimates that figure grows to $542 billion.

The independent survey of 500 Americans was conducted via telephone from Oct.
31 ^ – Nov. 4, 2013 by David Binder Research.

About the Center for Green Schools at USGBC

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the
opportunity to attend a green school within thisgeneration. From kindergarten
to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers,
faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive
the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn,
work and play. For more information, visit or find
us on Twitter and Facebook.

About United Technologies Corp.

United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., provides high technology
products and services to the building and aerospace industries. For more
information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter: @UTC.

SOURCE United Technologies Corp.; USGBC

Contact: Mallory Shelter, USGBC,, 610-505-2108; Ashley
Barrie, UTC,, 860-416-3657
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