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Report Card 2009

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Green Building


The Green Building category looks at the policies and practices of schools’ adoption and use of high-performance green building design. This includes the adoption of campus-wide green building policies or guidelines, integration of green building practices into new construction projects, and the incorporation of green building design features into retrofits of existing buildings. Points are also awarded for participating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.


Key Findings

  • One in seven schools has at least one green roof on campus. Fourteen percent of schools report having at least one green roof on a campus building.


  • Almost half of schools have green building projects. A notable 42 percent of schools have at least one LEED-certified green building or are in the process of constructing one.


  • Almost three in five schools have adopted green building policies. A substantial 57 percent of schools have adopted campus-wide green building policies that specify certain minimum performance levels such as achieving LEED Silver certification.


  • The average grade for the green building category was “C+.” For a summary of grade distribution for this category, please refer to the chart on the right.




Grade Distribution



Almost three in five schools have adopted green building policies.
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