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For Immediate Release 
 

OFCC Recognized at April Commission Meeting for 200 LEED Certified Schools

LEED 200 Governor PlaqueApril 30, 2015 (Columbus) - Today, at the Ohio School Facilities Commission meeting, Commission staff presented information regarding the significant milestone of achieving 200 LEED certified schools in Ohio.

Chairman Tim Keen presented a formal recognition (left) from Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor to Lisa Laney who accepted it on behalf of OSFC.

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, also thanked the Commission and staff for this tremendous accomplishment via a video that can be viewed here. Mr. Fedrizzi also wrote a wonderful thank you letter to all Ohioans involved in making this milestone possible.

The staff at OFCC/OSFC would like to add their thanks to the many people involved in our K-12 LEED certifications.

Ohio Reaches Milestone: 200th LEED School Certified

April 1, 2015 (COLUMBUS) – A Fairfield County school has become the 200th education facility in the state to achieve certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its use of environmentally friendly design. The Violet Elementary building in the Pickerington Local school district (below, right) achieved the rating under the USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for Schools® certification system.

Violet ElementaryOhio is the recognized nationwide leader in sustainable design, with more than 340 total schools either registered or certified through the USGBC's LEED rating system. The 200 certified schools show that on average, the schools are designed 33% more energy efficient than the current standards and will save an average of 37% potable water usage over baseline standards. All of the OSFC projects encourage the use of products and components that are at least partially recycled and are recovered or manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the project.

The LEED® system is a points‐based rating system that focuses on environmentally‐friendly design including energy and water efficiency, sustainable site development, material selection and indoor environmental quality. The LEED criteria rank schools (or buildings) at various levels including Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Starting in 2007, the OSFC has required that the design of each school building funded through the OSFC must seek Silver certification at a minimum with a goal of achieving Gold. Currently three (3) Ohio schools have achieved the Platinum certification, 76 have the Gold certification, 117 the Silver, and four (4) others have been Certified.

“On behalf of the entire USGBC community, I commend the State of Ohio for certifying its 200th school under the LEED green building rating system,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “This achievement demonstrates determination and commitment to create a healthy, sustainable environment for all of Ohio’s children. Schools are the centers of their communities and the positive impact these LEED‐certified schools will have on the state and its children will be felt for years to come.”

OSFC Interim Executive Director David Chovan called the announcement “Exciting and certainly a statement on how Ohio has embraced environmentally friendly design.” He went on to add that “these 200 projects, which represent a commitment to both our school children and the future of our environment, are the direct result of innovative team work from architects, construction managers, trade contractors, and our project partners, the local school districts. I commend them for their accomplishments.”             

A complete listing of the LEED schools can be found on our website or at the newly launched Ohio Collection in the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) at http://www.gbig.org/collections/12880.
 

About OFCC

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.

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Media contact: Rick Savors at 614.466.7746 or rick.savors@ofcc.ohio.gov