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posted: 4/7/2014 12:44 PM

Stevenson High School to host green schools programs

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Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to visit Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire April 18 for the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium.

The event, sponsored by the United States Green Building Council's Illinois chapter and the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, will be held in the West Building from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

The symposium will offer training sessions and workshops designed to help elementary, middle and high schools in Illinois create more sustainable learning environments.

Topics covered will include sustainable school facility planning, green facilities management, sustainable renovation and construction, energy efficiency and conservation, environmental education and service learning, water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable school transportation.

In 2011, Stevenson High School became the first public high school in the country to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, gold-level certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is a certification program that is the national benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Stevenson received gold certification by earning enough points in the LEED rating system that measures several areas, including water and energy use and conservation; indoor air quality; management of waste and recyclable materials; the use of environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations; and sustainable purchasing policies.

Gold certification is the second-highest level in the four-tiered LEED ratings system.

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