Ohio leads the country in LEED-certified schools

Ohio tops the list as the state with the most LEED-certified K-12 schools, more than twice as many as second-place California, Columbus Business First reports. “We have a staggering number of projects in Ohio,” said Roger Platt, President of the U.S. Green Building Council, the group that runs the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification program. In 2007, the state School Facilities Commission, now called the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, “began using the LEED for Schools rating system,” requiring state-funded school buildings to “use the standard for their exterior and interior designs, with a focus on reducing energy costs and consumption,” according to the article. Lisa Laney, sustainability administrator for the commission, said, “No other state is doing what we’re doing. We’re completely going through our school districts and either helping them renovate or build new. That’s why we have so many.” The commission offers districts “funding that is variable depending on their wealth,” so some schools with fewer resources “may be asked to cover just a sliver of the construction costs.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Green Schools, Project Finance, Sustainability