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Building green saves an average school $100,000 each year in energy costs

Indeed, according to a 2006 study sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, the American Institute of Architects, the American Lung Association, the Federation of American Scientists and the USGBC, building green saves an average school $100,000 each year in energy costs—enough to hire two full-time teachers, or purchase 5,000 new textbooks or 500 new computers.

The study also found green schools’ better lighting, temperature control, ventilation and indoor air quality contribute to fewer cases of asthma, colds, flu and absenteeism, helping improve learning, test scores and lifetime student earnings.

Mary Tappouni, president of Breaking Ground Contracting Company, Jacksonville, Fla., couldn’t agree more. Her company is currently constructing eight LEED projects, including Jacksonville’s first LEED-certified residence.

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The Return of Green: A Practical Take on ROI for Contractors

Construction Executive Magazine, June 2013

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Breaking Ground wins $1.3M renovation of Ed Ball Building

Jacksonville Business Journal, February 5, 2012

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Breaking Ground’s Building Now a Jacksonville Example of Green Construction

Florida Times Union, April 26, 2011

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Sustainability – Not Just a Buzz Word

Jacksonville Business Journal, January 21, 2011

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Builder Planting Seed of ‘Green Roof’ Design in Jacksonville

Florida Times Union, June 1, 2010

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Tappouni Challenges People to Think ‘Outside of the Box’ on Green

Jacksonville Business Journal, May 24, 2010

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Me and Green, a Children’s Book About Sustainability, Available Now!

Jacksonville Business Journal, November 2, 2009

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Contractor Makes It Easy for Others to Go Green

Florida Times Union,  April 6, 2009

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Business Journal 50 – “No. 9 Breaking Ground Contracting Co.”

Jacksonville Business Journal, July 11, 2008

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