(Houston, Texas, Nov. 2, 2012) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today announced its endorsement of the 2012 Houston Independent School District (HISD) Bond Proposition.
The $1.89 billion proposition will be use to build, replace and renovate schools in adherence to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, created by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) to establish a common standard of measurement for green buildings. These facilities will be energy efficient and environmentally responsible, resulting in lower operating costs for the district. The bond proposition has also been endorsed by the USGBC Texas Chapter.
“EDF applauds the Houston Independent School District’s proposal to build all new schools under the HISD Bond Proposal 2012 according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards for schools,” said Kate Zerrenner, energy efficiency specialist at the EDF Austin office. “In addition to creating a healthier environment for children, LEED-certified buildings increase overall energy efficiency and cut electricity bills for school districts. We hope other school districts in the Greater Houston region will follow HISD’s leadership.”
The $1.89 billion HISD bond proposal will rebuild, renovate or replace 28 high schools, convert five elementary schools to K-8, build three new elementary schools and rebuild or renovate two middle schools. In addition, all schools district-wide will receive upgrades for technology, safety, security and athletic facilities, along with renovations to middle school bathrooms. For more information, visit Citizens for Better Schools.
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