On Thursday, December 6, 2007, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Susan Garrett will visit Lake Bluff Central Elementary School, 350 W. Washington Ave, to announce that the Lake Bluff School District 65 has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to pursue LEED certification of the new elementary school that will be built in Lake Bluff.
The new school will be built adjacent to the existing Central Elementary School, with an anticipated completion date of August 2009.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is given by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage the adoption of green building and development for both new and existing buildings, schools, homes, retail spaces, and healthcare facilities. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“I salute the Lake Bluff School District for adopting a green way of thinking when the time came to build a new elementary school for this community,” Quinn said. “Your commitment to green construction of this new facility shows true leadership among Illinois’ school districts.”
Last spring, a group of Lake Bluff residents formed the “Green Team” and spearheaded a campaign to encourage School Board members to achieve LEED certification for the new elementary school.
The $100,000 grant was given by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, which was established in 1999 to invest in clean energy, development, and land preservation efforts and to work with communities and residents to improve environmental quality in Illinois.
“These buildings are the learning places for the next generation – a generation that will take on the great responsibility of caring for our environment and serving as the stewards of our fragile natural resources,” Quinn said. “I am pleased that the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation recognizes the value of LEED and has chosen to support Lake Bluff in its efforts to attain LEED certification.”
Quinn and Sen. Garrett will be joined by Lake Bluff School District officials, including Superintendent Dr. David Vick; and the Lake Bluff “Green Team.”
For more information, please visit www.GreenSolutions.org.