ROCK HILL, SC, December 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Goddard School , the leader in early childhood education for children from six weeks to six years old, located in Rock Hill, SC has received a silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The certification makes The Goddard School located in Rock Hill the first and only standalone for-profit preschool in the country to have LEED Silver designation. ---
LEED certification, a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings, recognizes high-performance schools that are healthy and comfortable for students and teachers. LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children's health issues, LEED provides a comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green with measurable results.
"We set out from the start to design, build and operate a state-of-the-art building that would serve as a teaching model and platform for the development of 21st Century Skills. Part of this involves learning how to become global citizens, recognizing and advocating the benefits of environmental efficiency and sustainability in building design. We believe we have done this by creating a learning environment that is second to none. The benefits of LEED adoption to our children, our local community, and our planet are immense," remarks Amy Strickland, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC. "Having The Goddard School achieve USGBC's LEED Silver Certification is quite an honor and accomplishment."
The Goddard School was evaluated according to criteria including water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and more. The school places utmost importance on creating a healthy school environment for children, which is one of the keys to keeping young minds and bodies strong. Enhanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has been proven by the EPA to reduce asthma attacks, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments and can increase the performance and productivity for children and faculty in a school. LEED certified buildings are a perfect fit for childcare, as children's needs and environmental issues overlap. The Goddard School stands out as a primary example of an educational leader that promotes environmental stewardship, keeping teachers and children healthier, while committing to being globally responsible. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC offers innovations in LED lighting, power generation via solar panels, locally sourced landscaping, and construction materials that are free of Volatile Organic Compounds. It was specifically designed to maximize the use of the sun's natural light while reducing solar heat gain by making use of reflective materials. The Goddard School stands out as a prime example of an educational leader that focuses not only on the educational needs of the school, but also, on being environmentally conscious.
For more information about The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, please visit http://www.goddardschool.com/Rock-HillSC. For more information on the LEED certification process, please visit http://www.usgbc.org/leed.
The Goddard School : Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School's AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX. Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students at 400+ Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School's comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit http://www.goddardschool.com.
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