The US Green Building Council has announced that College Park Elementary School earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. This official recognition makes College Park the first platinum level K-12 school in the state of Virginia.
College Park’s certification also means Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has had both the first LEED platinum level K-12 school in the state as well as the state’s first LEED certified public elementary school, which was Hermitage Elementary school in 2005.
“We are extraordinarily proud to be home to the first LEED platinum school in Virginia,” said Tony Arnold, director of Facilities Planning and Construction for VBCPS. “Unquestionably, we are creating sustainable buildings, but, for our students, staff and community, we are also building a culture of being better stewards of our environment.”
The LEED for Schools Green Building Rating System, created by the US Green Building Council, promotes whole building sustainability while addressing the unique requirements of school buildings and their populations. Buildings can earn one of four levels of certification for their sustainability measures: certified, silver, gold or platinum, which is the highest possible certification to earn.
To read more about College Park’s certification, read the press release on our website.