Chico High School Receives CHPS Verified Recognition as Healthy, High Performance, Green School

(Sacramento, CA, Thursday, September 11, 2014) – Chico is now home to the newest healthy, high performance, green school in California. Chico High School is being recognized today as having met the CA-CHPS Criteria, a stringent green school building standard.

“CHPS Verified schools bring so many benefits to the people studying and working in them every day,” said Bill Orr, CHPS Executive Director. “The air quality is better. There is more natural light, which boosts mood and promotes productivity. They use less energy, both in the building of the school and ongoing operations. We applaud the Chico Unified School District for their leadership in becoming CA-CHPS Verified.”

The new construction for Chico High School is a 30,000 square foot infill building incorporating fourteen classrooms, two staff workrooms, three science labs, special education and adult life skills classes. Designed by DLR Group, the building is a contemporary representation of conditions found on the existing campus: strong horizontal white lines, brick massing, and repetitive storefront glass. DLR Group's sustainable design approach was achieved by shaping the building to preserve all existing mature trees, north facing glass emphasis, and natural day-lit classrooms.

Here are just some of the building’s features:
• Daylighting provided throughout the building’s indoor spaces creates stimulating and productive environment;
• Low flow water fixtures minimizes water consumption;
• White, reflective rooftop coating decreases heat island effect;
• Individual control of classroom heating and cooling maximizes comfort;
• Lifecycle of materials will be considered in the selection of products;
• 50% of waste during construction was diverted from landfills;
• Design integrates durable materials with an emphasis on regionally available, low VOC-emitting and recycled materials;
• Outdoor views available from all regularly occupied spaces.
“The greater Chico community can take great pride that this high school project was conceived, designed and constructed to meet rigorous healthy high performance standards,” stated Jim Ogden, Chair of the CHPS Board of Directors. “It makes a bold statement that this community cares about its students, cares about its staff, and cares about the sustainability of the planet for future generations.”

CHPS Verified is a green school building rating program that combines a rigorous state-specific standard for the design and construction of healthy, high performance schools with a complete third-party review of the features to ensure the benefits are delivered. Compliance with the CHPS Verified program demonstrates that a school has met one of the most stringent standards for green school design.

CHPS Media Contact:
Emily Norton
415-957-9888 x 104

About Chico Unified School District
The Chico Unified School District, located in California's lush Sacramento Valley, covers 322 square miles and includes all of the city of Chico and adjacent unincorporated areas of Butte County. Chico High School has been named among "America's Best High Schools" by U.S. News & World Report ranking in the top 5% of high schools in nation in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

About CHPS
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools believes kids learn better in schools with good lighting, clean air, and comfortable classrooms. The goal of CHPS is to fundamentally change the design, construction and operation of schools to protect student and staff health; conserve energy, water, and other natural resources; and reduce waste, pollution, and environmental degradation. To date, over two hundred CHPS Verified schools have been built nationwide. For more information visit our website at; our Facebook page at or follow CHPS on Twitter:

About DLR Group
DLR Group is an interdisciplinary design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design from offices coast-to-coast and in China. Their promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and the planet. DLR Group designed the just-completed CHPS Verified Chico High School in Chico, California. For more information visit


September 11, 2014 (Sacramento, CA) Chico High is CHPS Verified. ~order=2014-09-11
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