Congratulations Ohio on 100 LEED Schools!
The four Ohio Chapters of the USGBC held an exciting ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium yesterday, December 10th, 2013, to celebrate the state's 100 LEED certified schools! Representatives from USGBC National, USGBC Central Ohio Chapter, a local school district and the OFCC spoke passionately about the added educational value and energy efficiency the LEED certified schools incorporate.
Lisa Laney of the OFCC and board member of USGBC Central Ohio Chapter, shared several impressive statistics from the first 100 LEED certified schools. For instance, DID YOU KNOW...
1) Each school will save approximately $100,000 annually in operating expenses. Cumulatively, the 100 schools will save $10,000,0000 tax payer dollars annually across the state of Ohio
2) On average, the buildings are designed to save 35% energy and consume 37% less water over code requirements
3) Over 188,000 tons of construction waste was diverted from landfills across the state and 35% of the projects used materials from within a radius of 500 miles of the school
We at M+A are sharing in the excitement of Ohio reaching 100 LEED Schools not only because we are passionate about sustainable design and LEED initiatives but also because our Columbus City Schools' project, Georgian Heights Elementary School recently received Gold Certification under the LEED 2009 for the Schools Rating System and was among Ohio's first 100! Awesome!
The state of Ohio currently has over 300 schools registered or certified in the LEED rating system with more down the pipeline. Laney graciously thanked the Ohio legislature for making funding available to the OFCC to continue the powerful LEED Schools program. Want to know more? Check it out for yourself and visit the USGBC and OFCC's websites to learn more about the green schools initiative.