The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED for Schools is the recognized benchmark for green schools, with third-party reviews to ensure that school are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers and cost-effective.

Listen to this LEED for Schools podcast to learn more about the rating system.

By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED for Schools provides a unique, comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green with measurable results. The rating system addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, daylight and views, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment.


LEED certification provides parents, teachers and the community with a “report card” for their school buildings – verifying that the school has been built to meet the highest level of performance. Students will learn better, teachers will be more satisfied, and schools will run more efficiently.

What you can do

Learn: USGBC and the LEED Green Building Rating System

Take: Introduction to LEED for Schools online course (free!)

Read: Project profiles on LEED schools

Find out: Who is going green?

Explore: Why green schools?

Review: LEED for Schools checklist and rating system