December 11, 2013 (COLUMBUS) A Monroe County school has become the 100th public education
facility in Ohio to achieve certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its use of
environmentally friendly design. The Monroe Central High School building in the Switzerland Local
school district achieved the rating under USGBC’s LEED® green building rating system.
LEED® 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 of sustainability. Those levels include
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. The Monroe Central High School facility was awarded a Silver certification. Of the 100
certifications, 44 schools have exceeded the goal of Silver Certification.
Ohio is the recognized nationwide leader in sustainable school design, with more than 300 total schools
either registered or certified through the USGBC's LEED rating system. Data from Ohio’s first 100
certified schools show the buildings to be 35 percent more energy efficient and use an average of 37
percent less water usage than buildings built to previous standards. In addition to these direct utility
savings, schools are realizing tangential on-going operating savings from the sustainable and
environmentally designed schools. The LEED schools also provide a healthier indoor environment for
the students and staff in these buildings.
OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman called today’s announcement “Exciting and certainly a
statement on how Ohio has embraced environmentally friendly design.” He went on to add that “these
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.”
“We congratulate the Ohio School Facilities Commission and the entire state of Ohio for being a national
leader in creating healthy, sustainable schools,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green
Schools at USGBC. "Since 2007, we've watched OSFC successfully grow a program that shows LEED is
working for Ohio – these schools are saving money, energy and resources. Ohio's commitment to the
wellbeing of its students, teachers and communities through the use of LEED is cause for celebration."
Public interest in the green building concept is very strong, with a recently-released independent survey
authorized by the USGBC revealing that three out of four Americans support the green schools concept.
Additionally, the use of the LEED criteria has a positive economic effect for Ohio and surrounding states.
All OSFC projects using LEED encourage the use of products and materials that are either recycled or are
manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the project. On average, the 100 schools have been obtaining
35 percent of their material from regional sources and 22% of materials contain recycled content. The
100 schools have also diverted over 188,114 tons and 57,000 cubic yards of construction waste from
A complete listing of the LEED schools can be found at the newly
launched Ohio Collection in the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) at