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American International School Receives LEED Gold Certification

American International School, has been awarded LEED Gold by Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI), the organization that certifies all LEED green building projects worldwide. With this honour, American International School is the world's first K-12 school to use Arc, a digital platform that tracks and measures building performance, to achieve the LEED green building certification.

 

During a special ceremony held at the American International School, the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certificate was presented to Mr. Alankrit V Arora, Chief Business Officer and Mr. Andrew Hoover, Head of School at AISC by Mr. Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director - APAC & Middle East, GBCI. The school achieved certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance. Those efforts included the installation of motion sensors in the classrooms to reduce the use of electricity and rainwater harvesting for use in the gardens. The school also encourages students and staff to use minimal paper and plastic and use reusable water bottles resulting in a healthier, lower carbon lifestyle for the students.

 

American International School’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership, especially within the education sector,” said Mr. Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan. “Children are the green ambassadors of tomorrow, and allowing them to see how sustainable practices are incorporated into our every day life and the buildings where we live, learn, work and play will help create a solid foundation on which we can build a cleaner, greener tomorrow for mankind.

 

“As an environmentally sustainable and responsible organization, we are a leading the way in Chennai. We hope to inspire others,” said Mr. Alankrit Arora, Chief Business Officer at AISC. “In our organizational Core Beliefs, we  have committed to being environmentally responsible. Our effort to engage LEED is about making good decisions that will reduce our long-term reliance on fossil fuels,” said Mr. Andrew Hoover, Head of School at AISC.

 

LEED was created by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the world’s most widely used green building program. Currently, there are more than 2,500 projects participating in LEED in India, representing more than one billion square feet. With a continued focus on building performance, LEED projects, like the American International School, are pursuing certification through Arc, the digital platform that uses data to help spaces measure and improve sustainability performance using a performance score. Arc helps connect actions in one place in an effort to help users make more informed decisions and continually improve performance.

 

About American International School Chennai

Since the founding of the school in 1995, AISC has been providing excellent instruction, programs, services, and facilities so that they inspire a love of learning, empowering all students with the courage, confidence, creativity and compassion to make their unique contribution in a diverse and dynamic world. With over 840 students coming from over 25 nations, the school ensures that students possess a strong sense of one's own cultural identity; respect and value the difference of others; learn about local national and global issues; and show empathy for others and care for the world around them.

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, more than 2.25 million square feet (209,000 square meters) of space is certified using LEED. More than 91,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial LEED rating systems, comprising more than 19.2 billion square feet (1.7 billion square meters) of construction space in 165 countries and territories. In addition, more than 356,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED Homes rating system, with more than 23,000 home projects registered. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed and review the Foundations of LEED development process.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. 

For more information, please visit www.gbci.org. Follow @GBCI_India on twitter and tag photos with #LEEDOn on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.

 

 
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