The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Gold certification to the Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood for incorporating sustainable practices into its operations and maintenance. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) encourages sustainable practices that reduce a structure’s environmental impact over its lifetime. Under LEED standards, gold represents the second-highest level of certification.
The Omidyar K – 1 Neighborhood is the only school complex in Hawai‘i to receive LEED EB: O&M certification, and is one of 16 projects honored nationwide at K – 12 schools. The designation, renewable every five years, builds on the K –1 Neighborhood’s 2010 Platinum certification under LEED for Schools, a rating system for design and construction.
“We are honored to receive LEED Gold certification for our school’s efforts to teach and model sustainable practices, reflecting a campus-wide commitment to educating students for a sustainable future,” said Punahou School President Jim Scott ’70.
From October 2011 through March 2012, staff monitored and analyzed data from the K – 1 Neighborhood that included exterior building-site maintenance programs, water and energy use; environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations; sustainable purchasing policies; waste stream management; and ongoing indoor environmental quality.