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LEED Certification for Schools

The LEED green building certification program is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, including public schools.

More than 33,000 projects are participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems. Among these are 303 LEED-certified and 1,707 registered K-12 schools. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

Intended for use in the design and construction phases of a building, LEED for Schools facilitates project teams in using an integrated design approach from start to finish, bringing down overall costs and delivering project goals.

Existing schools can certify using the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system. This tool identifies and rewards current best practices in buildings to use less energy, water and natural resources, improve the indoor environment and uncover operating inefficiencies.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.