A Sustainable School: Smith Springs Elementary Achieves LEED Silver

Smith Springs Elementary Achieves LEED-Silver Certification

Gould Turner Group  congratulates Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) District on the announcement that Smith Springs Elementary (Antioch Cluster Elementary) has earned LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council. The school, with community partners Trevecca University, Camp Widjiwagan, and their STEM lab, seek to ensure students receive a well-rounded education as administrators prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally.

The building features a number of high performance strategies that contributed to the LEED certification and also offer educational opportunities for students. These include LED lighting with occupancy sensors in learning spaces, a high albedo roof system to reduce the heat island effect, locally-sourced materials, high-efficiency windows, indigenous landscaping, pervious pavers, bio-swales for ground water filtration, and low flow plumbing fixtures. Best practices were also implemented during the construction process as over 80% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills. The LEED BD+C: Schools v3 – LEED 2009 Scorecard can can be reached through the usgbc.org.

LINK: Learn more about Smith Springs Elementary.

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