Design Services is involved with the District’s environmental effort to become an excellent environmental steward as outlined in the District Strategic Plan – Goal #7, the Environmental Policy #7014 and the Environmental Strategic Plan’s goals and objectives. The Department supports the new Environmental Website launched March 25, 2010. It is a green learning and living tool which communicates the efforts and celebrates the environmental accomplishments of the SBBC.
Several members of the Design Services Department are part of the Superintendent’s Environmental Technical Advisory Committee (SETAC) as outlined in the Environmental Policy. The Committee’s purpose is to promote environmental consciousness within the District and support strategies, educational programs and conservation projects that will ensure the highest environmental stewardship.
Design Services manages the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Design for Schools (SEEDS) Committee. The Committee meets monthly and provides research and environmental support and makes recommendations as a subcommittee SETACC. SEEDS periodically presents new environmental products, technologies and systems to consider their inclusion in the District’s green specifications or to recommend a pilot project at one of our school sites.
Site Engineering & Environmental Permitting
A district-wide Site Engineering and Environmental Permitting process is in phase III of final development. It allows for the tracking of site and environmental permits, licenses and certifications required by state, county and local agencies at every site. The process includes an automatic notification to the responsible parties. This helps to avoid costly violations assessed by the agencies.
The District has adopted the nationally recognized green rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). To-date Design Services has five (5) LEED Accredited Professionals on staff. LEED is used to measure how “green” our sites and buildings are and how involved we are in living and learning green and implementing environmental initiatives through recycling, renewable energy, protection of habitats, water and energy conservation, etc.
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