On July 12, 2012 the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Lander Middle School with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. The 78,842-square-foot school, designed by Plan One/Architects, earned 52 of the 53 points submitted landing solidly in the upper reaches of gold certification.
The Lander Middle School is the third school in Wyoming to attain certification and the first under the LEED for Schools model. Fremont County School District No. 1 expects to receive their plaque in the coming month. This award is the first of two anticipated by the District.
The USGBC’s LEED program is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED Certification verifies that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for communities, businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for building occupants and the larger society.
To earn certification, projects must be registered and submit completed project documentation to the U.S. Green Building Council for review. Certification under LEED validates, through third party review, that a building is as sustainable as it claims, as well as setting measurable standards for the building's performance.
You can learn more about Lander Middle School's sustainable design features, as well as see specifics about the LEED ranking for Lander MS, by clicking here (PDF format).