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There are a few programs designed to evaluate and rate energy efficiency and environmental performance of schools. Below is a summary of several of the more well-recognized rating systems. GHG emission reductions can be achieved as these programs continue to develop and transform the market.
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) “is leading a national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools.” CHPS establishes best practices for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of high performance schools. CHPS offers technical resources and provides two recognition programs, CHPS Designed and CHPS Verified, geared towards California schools.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program is a nationally accepted rating system that provides a whole building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five areas including: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED offers a certification program for the design and construction of new schools.
Setting a goal and working together with students, teachers, and staff has great rewards! Not only do you feel good about what you are doing together but the benefits will last for years and hopefully generations of students after you have become an Eco-School!
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) organizes an annual award program called The Beyond Green™ Awards. The program recognizes exceptional performance of high performance buildings nation-wide.
California Partnership Academies has a focus on the Green Economy. Find out more by visiting the link to the California Department of Education.
Climate Generation Program is a project-based learning initiative with rewards! For high school aged students only.
Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California's precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the State's economy.