March 1, 2011 (COLUMBUS) Two Ohio School Facilities Commission employees, Lisa Laney and Keith Krzeminski, recently earned LEED® Green Associate accreditation. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associates pass a rigorous exam that tests for fundamental understanding of sustainable building practices and principles.
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. The OSFC currently has 255 school building projects registered for LEED certification.
Lisa, OSFC's Green Schools Program Director, has been with the Commission for 12 years and 25 with the State of Ohio. She and her family grew up and live in Columbus. Keith, an Assistant Project Administrator, has been with the Commission for two years following an extensive private sector career in construction. He and his family reside in New Albany.
Lisa and Keith join six other OSFC employees who have earned internationally recognized LEED professional credentials. LEED Accredited Professionals include Melanie Drerup, Deputy Chief of Planning; Franklin Brown and Bill Prenosil, Planning Managers; and Bill Courson, Todd Hager, and Amy Lloyd, Project Administrators. Both Lisa and Keith plan to continue their studies to obtain the LEED Accredited Professional designation.