LEED and Green Building Projects
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a rating system for buildings developed by the United States Green Building Council and is meant to encourage the construction and operations of green buildings.
The School District of Palm Beach County is a national leader in the construction and maintenance of green schools. In May 2009, as part of a policy to encourage energy and water conservation, the District added a provision stating; “The District shall plan, design, construct, operate and maintain all new District buildings to meet the LEED-Silver certification level”. Furthermore, “The District will endeavor to make all existing District buildings LEED certified based on available resources.”
Benefits of building and maintaining green schools include significant energy savings, measurable reductions in waste generation, decreased water use, and improved indoor air quality. Other benefits are less tangible and harder to demonstrate empirically, but are no less desirable. These include improvements in occupants’ health and sense of wellbeing, increased employee morale, productivity, recruitment, employee retention and improved student achievement.
The District's "LEED for Schools" Projects
As of 2015, the School District has achieved LEED certification for ten (10) schools by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and one school by the Florida Green Building Coalition.
Galaxy Elementary, Boynton Beach, FL
In August 2013, the new Galaxy Elementary School in Boynton Beach opened its doors to students and staff. Galaxy demonstrates its commitment to energy self-sufficiency and environmental responsibility with a new green campus. The 109,000 square-foot campus will feature solar power and in early 2015, was the first school campus in Florida to achieve LEED® Platinum certification under USGBC's LEED for Schools 2009 program.http://news.palmbeachschools.org/pao/2015/04/16/galaxy-e3-elementary-becomes-first-school-in-florida-to-earn-leed-platinum-status/
Pine Jog Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL
Everglades Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL
Northboro Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL
Plumosa School of the Arts, Delray Beach, FL
The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach - North Palm Beach, FL
Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary, Palm Springs, FL
Hope-Centennial Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL
Gove Elementary, Belle Glade, FL
Seminole Trails Elementary (classroom addition) - West Palm Beach, FL
Manatee Elementary (classroom addition) - Lake Worth, FL
Florida Green Building Coalition-Certified
Pahokee Middle, Pahokee, FL
Other Pending LEED Projects:
- Glade View Elementary - Belle Glade, FL (Silver anticipated)
- Rosenwald Elementary - South Bay, FL (Silver anticipated)
LEED for Existings Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Projects
Heritage Elementary was recognized at the February 19, 2014, School Board meeting for receiving LEED® - Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. “Heritage Elementary is only the second K-12 elementary school in the entire State of Florida to achieve USGBC -EBOM certification; a tremendous distinction and team accomplishment. This project will provide long-lasting benefits to the District including significant energy savings, demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, and strengthen student & staff engagement in environmental conservation principles” said the School District’s LEED certification team leader, Paul Strauss.