The U. S. Green Building launched its new program, the Center for Green Schools, on September 30, 2010. The initiative strives to convert schools to become LEED-certified using green building practices such as energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, carbon dioxide censors and lighting control. “The education sector is doing more in the way of green building than any other sector, more than health care, more than commercial, more than religious institutions. But we still have a really long way to go,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s new initiative.
There are 133,000 K-12 schools and 4,300 colleges in the country, according to Gutter. The U.S. Green Building Council has already established 1,000 green school committees and is helping college students set up groups to promote the Center for Green Schools initiative. The Center for Green Schools will provides tool kits and conduct training events to educate school facility managers and engineers on how to improve schools for energy efficiency.
16 states have green school programs and interest in green schools continues to rise. Advanced Control Corporation of Florida has become a standard over the past 20 years in the field of energy conservation, with participation in Broward County’s first LEED-certified building: the Broward Community College South Regional Library. Advanced Control Corporation installed the building automation and energy management system for the 70,000 square foot school library which handles the building’s HVAC system, indoor air quality, humidity and chilled water system. As a pioneer for green building, Advanced Control Corporation continues to help buildings throughout Florida become LEED-certified.