USGBC Maryland announced its finalists for the 2020 Wintergreen Leadership Awards recognizing Harford County Public Schools’ newest elementary school, Youth’s Benefit, as one of the best LEED projects in Maryland certified between January 1 and November 1 of 2019.
Entered in the Green Schools, K-12 Award category, the 145,959 square-foot Youth’s Benefit Elementary School included the following sustainable strategies as just some of its goals to achieve a LEED Silver certification.
- Recycling materials from the existing school and using recycled content and regional materials for the new building.
- Water-efficient appliances
- Vacancy sensors in individual spaces, motion sensors in corridors and multi-user bathrooms, and energy-efficient multi-level lighting controls
- Air quality and thermal comfort systems, sensors, and controls
- Low-emitting paints, sealants, and adhesives
- Zero or low-emitting refrigerants, HVAC and fire suppression systems
- Innovative wastewater technologies
- Recycling stations for student education and participation
- Preferred parking places for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles