Ohio leads the U.S. in number of LEED-certified schools

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently honored the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) for “assisting more than 300 K-12 buildings across the state to achieve LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certification,” The Sunbury News reports. That number places Ohio ahead of every other state in the country; second-place California has 121 LEED-certified schools, according to the article. Ohio’s LEED-certified schools are “designed, on average, to be 33 percent more energy efficient, reduce potable water consumption by 35 percent, and provide healthier learning environments for children.” In addition, the program has a local economic impact: “through LEED, the OFCC has spent approximately $1.4 billion dollars to purchase products and materials” within 500 miles of each project. For more, read the full article

Energy Efficiency, Environmental