Schools in Cincinnati at Forefront of Green Schools in the U.S

January 03, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Public schools in Cincinnati, Ohio are putting a lot of effort to be called as one of the green schools in the country. The CPS or the Cincinnati Public Schools are on track as one of the “greenest” among the green schools in the United States.

Schools in Cincinnati at Forefront of Green Schools in the U.S

CPS is said to be among the top green schools in the U.S. to get LEED certifications for its school buildings. It has 22 green LEED-registered buildings, which is next to Chicago and Albuquerque with 32 green buildings and New Mexico with 26, according to the figures from the USGBC, or the U.S. Green Building Council.

But, CPS might rank higher than Chicago and Albuquerque. A spokesperson for the green schools in the Chicago area said that there are only 22 LEED-certified green buildings recorded on their internal list, while 6 green building projects are on-hold for LEED certification in Albuquerque.

According to Rachel Gutter, director in a division of the U.S. Green Building Council— Center for Green Schools, Ohio and Cincinnati lead a trend in building green schools in the United States.

LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification created by the USGBC that signifies if the building passes a LEED certification.

School district who plans to have their buildings LEED-certified must register its plans to the USGBC, and then applies for the certification after the construction is done.

Green schools program director, Lisa Laney, from the commission that facilitates construction projects for public schools—Ohio School Facilities Commission said school districts in Cincinnati are doing a great job.

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