On February 19, during their 2013 Regional Schools Summit, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the best and the greenest schools with the “High Performance, Healthy Schools Awards“. The USGBC awarded those schools, school systems and/or individuals who have shown leadership in building green Georgia schools during the past year. Breedlove Land Planning’s client, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects was selected as the recipient of the USGBC-Georgia Chapter Award in the category of “Leadership in Energy Efficiency” for their work on Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. They also received recognition in the category of “Innovation in Sustainability” for St. Martin Episcopal School. BLP was the Civil Engineer for both projects.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has proven to be a successful example of geothermal heating and cooling implemented in a Georgia school. Bruce Morine, the school’s CFO, analyzed his energy cost data over the years since building occupancy and compared it to their other campus. The results showed a payback of 7 years and continued energy savings. This data made a strong case for energy efficiency, which was recognized by the award. St. Martin’s Episcopal School is pursuing LEED for Schools Silver certification. The school is healthy and high-performing in everything from design to construction. While the HVAC System provides energy savings the design provides learning spaces that extends outdoors and provides the opportunity to use the building as a teaching tool and promoting environmental awareness.
BLP is proud to have been on the CCCA team that helped make these schools among the “best and greenest” in Georgia.