Board President Robert Bold, Superintendent Dr. Louise E. Donohue, and Director of School Services Dale Reitz, celebrated the receipt of the award for “Best Green School District” from the Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council which honored green projects, organizations and individuals for their contribution to sustainability and green design.
Parkland School District was the proud winner of the “Best Green School District” award from the Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) which honored green projects, organizations, and individuals for their contribution to sustainability and green design on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. One outstanding entrant per category received the top award during the gala ceremony at the Hotel Bethlehem.
Parkland School District won the award for “Best Green School District” citing numerous activities that demonstrate good stewardship in conservation efforts as well as the construction of the new Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School which is expected to obtain the United States Green Building Council’s (USBG) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification rating. A geothermal heat pump system was installed to eliminate the need for electric, gas or fuel oil heat.
Across Parkland School District, buildings underwent complete lighting retrofits, including sensors that will turn on lights when people are in a room and automatically turn off lights when no one is in a room. Installation of turbulators in boilers helps maximize the usage of heating units and the networking of computers allows the District to now draw one watt of electricity per unit instead of 100. Low-flow water devices are being installed in buildings along with roofs that contain highly reflective qualities that reduce heating and cooling bills. And, over the course of the last year, three Parkland schools have received the Energy Star Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency which signifies that the buildings’ energy performances rates are in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide.
Dr. Louise E. Donohue, Superintendent of Schools stated, “Parkland has been committed to utilizing the principles of green and sustainable design in the construction and/or renovations of facilities and in the operation of buildings for years. None of this could have been possible without a caring, committed school board and community that supported the efforts of this long-term vision during the last 20 years to maintain and update our facilities with energy efficient materials. We are pleased to win this award. We extend our congratulations to East Penn School District, also recognized at this event”
About DVGBC and USGBC
The Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to transform the Delaware Valley through sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the region’s buildings, landscapes, cities and communities, mindful of the legacy left for future generations.
Formed in 2001, DVGBC is a chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. USGBC is the primary point of contact for users, agencies, and companies interested in creating sustainable communities. The objectives of implementing green building practices include improving site planning, safeguarding water and ensuring its efficient use, maximizing energy efficiency, conserving materials and resources, and ensuring indoor environmental quality in order to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on their occupants and on our environment.