The Collaborative for High Performance Schools believes kids learn better in schools with good lighting, clean air, and comfortable classrooms. That’s why CHPS 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.
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools is a non-profit organization dedicated to making schools better places to learn. CHPS was founded in 1999 as a collaboration of California’s major utilities to address energy efficiency in schools. The program quickly expanded to address all aspects of school design, construction and operation.
CHPS provides resources – in many cases, free resources – to schools, school districts and professionals about all aspects of high performance school design, construction and operation. CHPS develops tools that help make schools energy, water and material efficient, well-lit, thermally comfortable, acoustically sound, safe, healthy and easy to operate. These resources include a well-respected six-volume best practices manual, training and conferences, a high performance building rating and recognition program and other tools for creating healthy, green schools.
- There are 200 completed CHPS schools across America.
- There are approximately 300 schools underway in the U.S. seeking CHPS recognition.
- 41 school districts, with over 1.6 million total students enrolled, have committed to building new schools or modernizing to the CHPS high performance building standard, or using CHPS resources.
- Twelve states have state or region-specific high performance school building Criteria, including California, Washington, New York, the Northeast States (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine), Texas, Virginia and Hawaii. Colorado has adopted the national US-CHPS Criteria.
- Over 225 organizations are members of the collaborative, including utility companies, professional design and construction firms, product manufacturers, non-profit organizations, schools and school districts, and professional societies.
CHPS believes in the collaborative approach for the development of all of its resources. To this end, our board of directors and technical committee are made up of representatives from all aspects of school design, construction and operation. All of CHPS resources are subject to two public reviews before they are released for public use.
CHPS is governed by a Board of Directors and by its Executive Director Bill Orr, C.E.G. Mr. Orr joins CHPS after working for the state of California for almost thirty years. For a majority of his thirty years in state government, Mr. Orr worked for the California Integrated Waste Management Board where he managed their Green Building Program from 2000-2007.
To date, over two hundred schools have been built using CHPS' high performance school standards, which means more kids have access to health, environmentally friendly, safe school buildings. Thirteen states have embraced CHPS and created a state-specific building standard adapted specifically for their climate and local building codes. Thousands of professionals have attended our trainings and online webinars. Hundreds of high performance, healthy, green products are available in our products database and more are added every day. And this is just the beginning.
CHPS helps facilitate and inspire change in our educational system. The goals of CHPS are to fundamentally change the design, construction and operation of schools to:
- Protect student and staff health, and enhance the learning environments of school children everywhere
- Conserve energy, water, and other natural resources
- Reduce waste, pollution, and environmental degradation