• LEED is driving the
    green building industry

    HISD is committed to building all
    of its new facilities to LEED standards

    Carnegie Vanguard High School features a green roof designed to reduce energy costs and serve as an outdoor learning laboratory.

    At Kennedy Elementary, nearly every classroom has clear views into the rooms for observation as well as windows for natural light and views to the outside.

    The new Patterson campus is certified LEED Silver, it uses 19% less energy and 37% less water than a non-LEED campus.

  • In recent years, HISD has committed to building all of its new facilities to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, which were developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide builders a framework and standards for green building. The district has made the same commitment for all new schools that will be built under the 2012 bond program.

    “HISD has been building and designing schools that are both great places for students to be learning, but also great buildings that are favorable to the environment and long term building sustainability,” HISD Senior Project Manager Meredith Smith said.

    HISD already has the second-largest number of LEED-registered schools across the nation, according to the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Building schools to high environmental standards not only saves the district money with reduced-energy usage, but the buildings and various environmentally-sound designs are being incorporated into students’ education.

Green Building News


    • Green-Where We Learn Matters
      Since 2005 HISD has designed and constructed all new buildings to LEED standards.
      Bond Building a Green School
      Learn how Houston ISD builds a green school.
      Center for Green Schools
      CFGS from U.S. Green Building Council.