OSFC elected to use the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Schools rating system as our roadmap for documenting and measuring the progress of our Green Schools Initiative for high performing, energy efficient buildings. The LEED Green Building Rating System is the national benchmark. LEED for Schools certification provides parents, teachers and the community with a report card for their school buildings – verifying that the school has been built to meet a high level of energy and environmental performance.
Schools in districts that were approved for OSFC funding after September 2007 are being designed to meet at least LEED Silver Certification, with a goal of meeting the LEED Gold level. This standard is voluntary for school districts that were approved for funding prior to the adoption of the new energy and environmental standards – and many of them have chosen to follow the LEED for Schools criteria.