May 29, 2009 (COLUMBUS) Melanie Drerup, Deputy Chief of Planning for the Ohio School Facilities Commission, has been named a LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED AP). LEED APs have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System.
The OSFC adopted the LEED for Schools rating system in 2007 and buildings funded since that time have been designed using those standards. This energy efficient and environmentally-conscious rating system was developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council. Schools built to this standard have been proven to make a positive impact on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs, and the environment.
Melanie is the sixth OSFC employee to achieve LEED AP status. She joins Elaine Barnes, OSFC Green Schools Program Manager, Franklin Brown and Bill Prenosil, Planning Managers, and Bill Courson and Todd Hager, Project Administrators, in receiving this internationally recognized professional designation.
Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.
On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.