Case Studies--Green Schools

Title Abstract Publication Date
Texas' First LEED Certified elementary school - St. Catherines. Tours St. Catherine's Montessori School in Houston, Texas, a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Catholic elementary and middle school designed to maximize use of... 01/31/2008
The Dalles Middle School: High-Performance Design and Low-Cost Innovation . Presents a case study of this school that achieved an LEED Gold rating even though it was built on a modest budget. The planning and design process is described, along with unusual site... 12/31/2002
The Drive to Zero: Georg V. LeyVa Middle School on Target to Become First Net-Zero Energy Public School Facility in California. Profiles this San Jose school that is striving to maximize energy savings through photovoltaics, daylighting, high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems, a cool roof, and extra insulation. 10/31/2009
The Greening of Whitmore Lake High School. Profiles the planning and design of this Michigan high school, representing a collaboration of district staff, community members, and the design and construction professionals. Site design,... 03/31/2007
The Lean, Green Schoolhouse. [Students Learn Environmental Lessons from a Green School Renovation.] Profiles Massachusetts' Atrium School, a K-6 private institution housed in a reclaimed warehouse and office facility. The high performance building offers daylighting, rainwater reclamation, and... 02/28/2009
The Romoland Middle School. Profiles this 1,400-student California middle school, featuring a multi-building campus layout, daylighting, and waterless and low-consumption plumbing. 12/31/2008
The School Building as Futuristic Teaching Tool. Profiles in detail the Kingsmead School in Northwitch, Great Britain. This high performance primary school features movable walls, winter gardens, enhanced technology, photovoltaics, a biomass boiler... 09/30/2005
The Top 10 Green Schools in the U.S.: 2006 GreenGuide describes the most environmentally-committed K-12's in the U.S., according to these criteria: green building and construction; electricity supply, food, recycling, procurement... 07/31/2006
The Very Best of the 2009 Green Education Design Showcase. Profiles six educational facilities that feature innovative green building design features. The buildings were judged according to their use of the building as a teaching tool, energy efficiency,... 10/31/2009
Third Creek Elementary [Statesville, NC] Case study of Third Creek Elementary School, the first K-12 facility to earn a LEED v2.0 Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Includes information on environmental aspects,... 04/30/2003
Thurston Elementary School. Profiles this Oregon elementary school featuring ample daylighting, rainwater retention, and corridor hand-washing stations surrounded by tiles decorated by the students. 12/31/2010
Topical Reports: Sustainable Design for Schools. This presents several reports on the practical applications of sustainable design and schools; it includes information about student performance and sustainable design features involving lighting,... 12/31/2000
Total-Precast System Creates LEED-Certified School Precast concrete insulated sandwich wall panels and double tees create new facility adjacent to existing one, boosting energy efficiency, lowering maintenance costs, and improving air quality. Case... 06/30/2011
Twin Lakes Elementary School. Profiles this LEED Silver rated school in Minnesota, distinguished by easy observation of the entrances and playgrounds from the principal's office, design for expandability, 100 percent... 10/31/2007
U.S. Green Building Council USGBC is a national organization devoted to green and sustainable buildings. Members include building owners and managers, product manufacturers, architects/engineers and others with vested interests...
U.S.Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. High Performance Buildings Database. This is a searchable database of research data on various factors that affect a building's performance, such as energy, materials, and land use. The database collects information from buildings...
Uniquely Exceptional Design. Profiles the three Grand Prize Award winners in the Fall, 2010 Learning by Design competition. The elementary school, private preparatory school, and higher education projects shared a commitment to... 09/30/2010
Washington Sustainable Schools Program (WSSP) Pilot Phase In April 2005, the Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, signed historic legislation to require LEED Silver Standards for all new schools receiving state funds. The legislation and supporting... 04/30/2005
Water+Wood=Platinum. Profiles Sidwell Friends School and the many sustainable design features that earned it the highest (platinum) LEED certification, and endows the building with features of use to the educational... 12/31/2006
Web Exclusive: Laboratory Goes Through-the-Roof Green. Profiles a new facility at Maine's Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, focusing on the design and insulation of more than eight inches of polyisocyanurate insulation in the roofing system... 08/31/2009
When the Building is the Teacher Essay explores how campus, teaching, and learning complement each other. Discussion is based on the Lodi Unified School District, in California's Central Valley, design of a new STEM [Science,... 03/31/2012
Where Big-City Schools Meet Microsoft Smarts. Profiles Philadelphia's School of the Future, a high school created through a partnership of the school district and Microsoft. The innovative school in a distressed neighborhood features... 09/19/2006
Wilbert Snow School, Middletown, Connecticut. Describes a Connecticut elementary school design that integrates the natural outdoor environment with the school, unites several buildings into a unified whole, and preserves forest pathways for... 10/31/1999
Windrush School Classroom Addition. Profiles this new California private school facility. Naturally ventilated and cooled classrooms take advantage of the waterfront location. Radiant floor heating, photovoltaic panels, highly... 06/30/2009
Windsor High School. Profiles this California school that meets stringent sustainability guidelines and features raised floors in classrooms to accommodate extensive audiovisual and computer installations. 07/31/2010