April 17, 2009 (COLUMBUS) Elaine Barnes, Energy and Environment Administrator 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.
Elaine is the fifth OSFC employee to achieve LEED AP status. She joins Franklin Brown and Bill Prenosil, Planning Managers, and Bill Courson and Todd Hager, Project Administrators, in receiving this internationally recognized professional designation.
Elaine, a Columbus resident, is a graduate of Oberlin College and has completed three years of work towards a Ph.D. in Physics. Prior to joining the Commission she served as Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.