Atlanta Public Schools (APS) was recently recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council—Georgia (USGBC-GA) for completing LEED Silver certified buildings. During a recognition luncheon for Healthy Performance Healthy Schools (HPHS) in Georgia, House Representative Margaret Kaiser of the 59th district presented APS with House Resolution 222, commending the district’s sustainable building construction and design efforts at B.E.S.T Academy, Lakewood Stadium, Mays and Therrell high schools to transform schools into sustainable High Performance Healthy Schools.
APS’ sustainability efforts were acknowledged for transforming schools into sustainable and healthy places to learn, work and play. B.E.S.T Academy, Bolton Academy Elementary, and Centennial Academy Elementary, also were individually recognized by the USGBC-GA for their sustainability efforts that include participation in The Green Apple Day of Service—where businesses facilitate environmental service projects in schools like gardens and recycling programs.
“We believe all children deserve a healthy learning environment,” said Suzanne Haerther, HPHS Program Manager. HPHS strives to provide programs that help transform Georgia’s schools into places that can make a tremendous impact on student health, school operational costs and the environment. “We greatly appreciate what APS has done to help the students in Atlanta understand the importance of sustainability.”
APS has a total of 10 LEED certified buildings and six additional facilities that are registered—meaning that after construction APS will pursue Silver or Gold LEED certification. APS facilities make up 10 percent of all LEED certified K-12 buildings in the state of Georgia. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
“LEED gives us an opportunity to design, construct and operate schools in an environmental manner,” said David Freedman, Executive Director U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia. “It is particularly important to provide schools that have less of a negative impact and better learning environments for students, staff and school visitors.”