Inaugural Green Apple Service Day encourages green schools

The Dr. David Suzuki Public School in Windsor, Ont., is one of the most energy-efficient schools in the country. It has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Photo © Media Centre of the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB).

Last week, Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) celebrated the first Green Apple Day of Service, encouraging the construction of sustainably built educational facilities.

According to CaGBC, approximately 461 Canadian schools are registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The sustainable strategies employed in some of these projects include increased daylighting, lower chemical exposure, and fresh air in classrooms, which can all positively impact students.

An example is the Dr. David Suzuki Public School (Windsor, Ont.) which earned LEED Platinum. Some of the sustainable elements in this facility include a vegetated roof and a transparent radiant floor panel.

The September 29 event was part of the overarching Green Apple initiative of the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). The goal is to help promote green school building.

“On our part, we are highlighting and supporting the growth of green educational facilities practices in Canada,” CaGBC’s Renée Rietveld explained toConstruction Canada Online.

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