USGBC Recognizes OSFC

The Ohio School Facilities Commission and the state have been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools for leading the nation in the number of schools seeking certification.

The recognition came as the center released its inaugural Best of Green Schools 2011 list. The award highlights school administrators and government officials for efforts in creating sustainable learning environments. In 2007, the OSFC required all building projects it funded to include the LEED for Schools design criteria. Currently, 265 buildings have either registered or achieved certification.

“As an agency, OSFC is dedicated to working in partnership with local school districts to build facilities that enhance education and emphasize operational efficiency,” commission Executive Director Richard Hickman said in a release.

“The use of green building techniques such as those established by the U.S. Green Building Council are a vital part of this initiative. We will continue our efforts to lead the nation in incorporating these sustainable design techniques into our projects.”