West Baltimore public charter earns honor ranking it among top 4% of schools worldwide

October 12, 2016

Fox 45 News
October 12, 2016

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A West Baltimore public charter middle and high school has earned a LEED Platinum certification, under the Schools v3 rating system.

School officials say the award is the first in the state of Maryland and the second-largest LEED Platinum Project in the world, ranking Green Street Academy in the top 4% of schools worldwide.

The certification was awarded in May 2016 and a representative from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) presented the school -- and its architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht -- with a plaque on Wednesday.

"Green Street Academy receiving the highest possible designation for sustainable construction in the renovation of a Baltimore landmark is yet another example of the school putting its mission of creating a more sustainable, future-focused way of educating students into action," said Dan Schochor, Green Street Academy's executive director. "Much has been made about the importance of creating 21st century-prepared students through education, and there is no better way to accomplish that goal than to surround those same students with a structure that very literally supports that mission and vision."

LEED evaluates the environmental performance of buildings, homes and communities. Platinum certification is the highest available rating.

"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "The Green Street Academy project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come."

The 111,000-sq.-ft.-facility achieved certification for its sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality, which included some of the following strategies:

  • Shares building and site with Kingdom Life Church
  • Reduces total amount of parking and shares with church
  • Preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles and carpools
  • Maximizes open space and outdoor learning areas
  • Reduces "heat island effect" with reflective roofs
  • Uses water efficient landscaping
  • Reduces kitchen process water use
  • 7.5 percent on-site renewable energy with photovoltaic parking canopies
  • Reuses 100 percent of existing building's walls, floors, roofs
  • 84 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
  • Provides acoustical performance for all learning areas

The school was built in 1925 and renovated in 2015.


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