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CHPS Recognizes Nine CHPS Verified Schools in Massachusetts

Bay State Home to the Most CHPS Verified Schools

Please contact: Ariel Dekovic, 415-957-9888 x104 (office), 617-823-7474 (cell), adekovic@chps.net

November 16, 2012 (Boston, MA) Nine schools in Massachusetts earned CHPS Verified status, an elite award for healthy, high performance green school buildings, from the Collaborative for High Performance Schools last Thursday. The schools received plaques commemorating their achievement at a recognition ceremony at the ArchitectureBoston Expo in Boston, MA. The recognition of these schools makes Massachusetts the leading state in CHPS Verified schools.

"With the recognition of our schools today, Massachusetts continues to lead the country in its commitment to high performance, healthy, green schools,” said Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority. “Massachusetts School Building Authority has been a strong supporter of sustainable building design throughout the years, and we are thrilled that our schools and districts have taken up the challenge to provide better, more environmentally friendly schools for our students."

The nine schools recognized were Abraham Lincoln Elementary School; Beverly High School; Goodyear Elementary School; Howe-Manning Elementary School; Manchester Essex Regional High School; Perkins School for the Blind; Rochester Memorial Elementary School; Sharon Middle School and Wayland High School.

“Massachusetts is setting the bar for state high performance schools programs,” said Jim Ogden, Chair of the CHPS Board of Directors. “The recognition of this new slate of schools means that students across the state will be learning in healthy, comfortable, environmentally-friendly school buildings. We commend MSBA, these districts and their schools for committing to changing the standard of learning environments.”

CHPS Verified is a green school building rating program that combines a rigorous standard for the design and construction of healthy, green school 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 also continued its celebration of 10 years of making schools a better place to learn at the ceremony last night with a celebratory toast and cake cutting. Green school leaders from around the Northeast celebrated the milestone with CHPS staff.

CHPS is a national 501c(3) non-profit headquartered in Sacramento, CA. For more information about CHPS, visit www.chps.net.

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About the Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Kids learn better in schools with good lighting, clean air, and comfortable classrooms. That’s why The Collaborative for High Performance Schools® works with schools and experts to make changes to ensure that every child has the best possible learning environment with the smallest impact on the planet. CHPS created the nation’s first green building rating program developed especially for school learning environments. Incorporated in 2002, CHPS is celebrating a decade of making schools a better place to learn. For more information, visit: www.chps.net.

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