Historic Number LEED Accredited Professionals at LAUSD
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is proud to announce that it is a national leader among school districts in working with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) to support green building, with 117 credentialed LEED AP individuals in its school construction and modernization program.
“Having so many of our staff hold the LEED Professional Accreditation is a testament to the professionalism and excellence of our green building program,” LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Guy Mehula said. “It represents a culture of constant self-assessment and improvement as we deliver communities more environmentally friendly schools.”
LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED APs have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System.
“USGBC congratulates the Los Angeles Unified School District on this monumental achievement, which is a credit to the District’s leadership and vision to have built a program where so many staff members have the knowledge and understanding of the LEED green building rating system,” USGBC Education Sector Director Rachel Gutter said. “USGBC hopes that other school districts, as well as other public and private entities, will follow in LAUSD’s footsteps.”
“This achievement reflects the level of experience and commitment of the people involved in the green building program at LAUSD,” LAUSD Director of Sustainability Initiatives Randy Britt said.
The growing number of LEED APs at LAUSD is part of its Facilities Services Division’s Training Development Program to further the professional development, leadership qualities and technical skills of the division’s staff. This program will focus on the use of “Best Practices” throughout the industry and will be tied to performance measures and metrics.
The increase in LEED APs is also part of LAUSD’s Sustainability Initiatives Program which is working to make all LAUSD schools greener, starting with programs to reduce energy consumption, water consumption and green house gas emissions by ten percent by 2012. LAUSD is planning on applying for LEED certification for new school construction projects through 2012.
LAUSD has been building green schools to Collaborative High Performance Schools (CHPS) standards since 2001. For more information on the Training and Development Program or the Sustainability Initiatives Program, please visit www.laschools.org