Saturday, January 30, 2010

Watergrass Elementary School Recognized With Top Environmental Status

The District School Board of Pasco County is delighted to announce that Watergrass Elementary School has recently earned the prestigious Gold LEED certification. “LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” This is the most recent in a lengthy list of honors the District School Board of Pasco County has received for its eco-friendly operations. The District has a long-standing commitment to environmental education, energy and water conservation, green cleaning practices and recycling. The District’s sustainable conservation methods and energy efficient operations have yielded significant savings of financial and environmental resources. By meeting the high standards of Gold LEED certification, the District has made yet another long-term investment in energy efficiency that will continue to benefit students and the environment for many years to come. “We are thrilled to be developing healthy, efficient and productive learning environments for our students,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “Our efforts extend beyond the design of this specific school, as our entire team is also committed to equipping our future generation with an understanding of how they can protect and preserve our precious natural resources. We look forward to using this same eco-friendly design as we address future facility needs,” she added.