Green schools create healthy environments conducive to learning while saving energy, resources, and money. Making the commitment to green existing schools across a campus or district requires a comprehensive plan that integrates two processes: one focused on how each school facility will improve building performance, and another on adopting sustainable operations and maintenance policies and best practices.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Existing Schools Toolkit helps schools and school districts green their existing school buildings and achieve LEED® green building certification. Included in the toolkit are a Green Existing Schools Project Management Guide and a Green Existing Schools Implementation Workbook. These resources provide guidance, best practices and policy and planning templates to assist school officials in seeking LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification and managing a campus- or district-wide improvement plan.