Chiaravalle Montessori was commended by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the achievement of LEED Platinum during a plaque ceremony held at the school. Brian Imus, USGBC – Illinois, Executive Director congratulated the school as the North Wing, which opened in fall of 2016, became the first Illinois private school addition and the first Montessori school addition in the U.S. to achieve the designation of LEED Platinum. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. More than 50 architects, builders, and educators from USGBC gathered for the celebration, which included a plaque ceremony, North Wing case study, building tours, and informal presentations by Chiaravalle students and community.
“Above all, we strive to showcase impactful LEED projects as part of our campaign, and Chiaravalle Montessori School North Wing is included as one of the standout certifications in 2016, contributing to Illinois’ rank – No.3 on our list,” states the USGBC.
Robyn McCloud-Springer, Head of School, reflected, “We strive to be a model green school that prioritizes wellness and cultivates an environmentally informed community who will cherish and protect our planet’s natural resources.”
Sustainable features include natural daylighting throughout the building, photovoltaic panels, a green roof that efficiently manages storm water, and a geothermal system funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.