UT Dallas Among USGBC’s ‘Best of Green Schools 2011’
The design of the 74,343-sf Student Services Building saves UT Dallas $60,000 annually in electricity costs.
The U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools, working in conjunction with its founding sponsor, United Technologies Corp., released its inaugural Best of Green Schools 2011 in December to recognize school administrators and government leaders in 10 categories for their efforts to create sustainable learning environments. Among the schools listed is the University of Texas at Dallas as a “Higher Ed Innovator” for its new LEED Platinum Student Services Building, designed by Perkins+Will to improve departmental efficiency and interaction. (See “An Ordered Approach” on page 40.) Building – also recognized by the USGBC with a 2011 Innovation in Green Building Award – includes terra-cotta shades on its exterior to provide a unique energy-efficient shading strategy and was built $1.1 million under budget. "The Best Of Green Schools 2011 recipients represent high notes for the green schools movement over the past year and were selected from the thousands of examples of leadership we have seen from schools, districts, campuses, cities, and states," said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "Tomorrow's future leaders are in school today.” According to published reports, green schools save on average $100,000 per year on operating costs—enough to hire two new teachers, buy 200 new computers, or purchase 5,000 textbooks. That means that if all new U.S. school construction and renovation went green today, the total energy savings alone is estimated to be $20 billion over the next 10 years. Visit centerforgreenschools.org/bestof2011 for a complete list of the 2011 award recipients.
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