Green School In Wisconsin Gets High Marks

There are green schools, and then there are LEED Platinum certified green schools. Lake Mills Elementary in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, ranks among the latter.

A recent renovation of this 36,632-square-foot middle school facility and 59,865-square-foot expansion completed by Miron Construction recently took the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of eco-certification for its high efficiency building envelope, energy efficient lighting and controls system, and geothermal heating and cooling system, among other features.

Lake Mills Middle School cafeteria

image via Miron Construction

Like man other green schools, the focus here is not only on eco-friendly features, but on creating a healthy learning environment for students via natural daylighting and ventilation, and by integrating the school’s energy efficiency and renewable energy systems into the school’s curriculum.

All told, the school is 45% more efficient than a conventional school of similar size, yielding energy savings of $85,000 a year (a fact no doubt appreciated by local taxpayers).

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.