Wisconsin leads the world with the first certified LEED v4 O&M: Schools project

Published on: 
5 Jan 2015
Emma Arnold

On Nov. 7, 2014, Maple Dale School in Fox Point, Wisconsin made history. The school was the first in the world to earn certification under the LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance: Schools rating system, achieving LEED Gold certification.

In a special ceremony on Monday, November 17, Al Skodowski, Immediate Past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors, presented the LEED plaque to the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board.

The certification was the result of a collaborative process that involved school leadership, staff, students and parents in the implementation of sustainable changes to improve the building’s environmental footprint.

Maple Dale School is exemplary in their commitment to sustainability. Student-led initiatives, like a waste audit facilitated by 5th grade students, have been integral to the school’s success. Other notable achievements include an Energy Star performance rating of 90, a 26 percent reduction in total water consumption, and the installation of an 11kW photovoltaic solar panel system.

The LEED Gold certification marks yet another success for Wisconsin. Earlier in the fall, the district’s Director of Operations, Jim Beckmann, was selected by the Center for Green Schools as one of only six 2014 recipients of its School District Scholarship program. The scholarship recognizes schools that are doing great work in the green schools movement, and provides support through networking, professional development and on-site assistance. The scholarship is funded through a generous grant from Transwestern, which has been a tireless supporter of healthy, safe and efficient schools for every child.