GREEN HILLS, TN — Julia Green Elementary School recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level, making it Tennessee''s first school certified under the new LEED for Schools program, according to the Tennessean.
Bringing Julia Green Elementary School into the 21st century took more than $6 million, which was funded through a public-private partnership, the story stated.
Environmentally friendly upgrades to the 50-year-old building include: Energy efficient lighting that operates on motion sensors, insulated windows and window treatments that reduce glare but allow natural light in, independent air filtering systems in each classroom and a white roof, the story noted.
Marie Coleman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said: "This really shows that there''s a lot of leadership in the community, that they want to be environmental stewards."
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools officials say they need more time to gauge how the sustainable improvements translate into cost savings, the story added.
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