American International School Chennai achieves LEED first
The American International School Chennai (AISC) has been certified gold for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first pre-K-12 school in the world to achieve this status using the real-time ARC platform, reports the Times of India.
AISC is working to minimize negative environmental impacts by using renewable energy sources. It recently installed 958 solar panels.
The school also harvests rainwater for use in the AISC gardens and encourages staff and students to use minimal paper and plastic and use reusable water bottles. It has installed motion sensors in classrooms to trigger lights to come on with movement, so electricity is not consumed unnecessarily.
LEED gold certification means that the facility has scored between 60 and 79 points on the LEED certification checklist, which is a system of rating that considers all aspects of the design and productivity of the building.
The energy score comes from usage of electricity, diesel and liquid petroleum gas, and water score comes from the amount of potable and non-portable water used.
"As an environmentally sustainable and responsible organization, we hope to inspire others," said Alankrit Arora, chief business officer at AISC.
The school was founded in 1995 and has more than 840 students from more than 25 nations.
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