On October 18, Austin ISD celebrated achievements in sustainability through the 2017 Bond Program. 12 modernized campuses received certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and/or Austin Energy Green Building.
Why it matters: Sustainability was a driving force behind the design and construction of the 2017 Bond projects. It not only positively impacts the environment, but it provides a high-quality educational experience that inspires every student to make a positive impact on our world.
Yes and…Austin ISD’s green buildings have also been shown to significantly reduce energy and operating costs. Austin ISD now has 43 green-certified buildings as of fall 2022.
What they’re saying: The ceremony included a performance from the Ann Richards orchestra as well as remarks from Director of Sustainability Darien Clary, Principal Maria Narvaez, Interim Superintendent Dr. Anthony Mays and Board of Trustees Vice President Yasmin Wagner.
- “Because of the district’s role as an educator, a steward of taxpayer dollars and a community leader, we are uniquely poised to enhance learning while balancing the needs of the environment, our diverse communities and the district’s financial resources through sustainability and green building,” said Darien Clary, Director of Sustainability at Austin ISD.
Of note: Ali Jensen, a 2022 graduate of Ann Richards, presented an electric go-kart project she created during her time at the school and spoke about her experience learning about sustainability in the modernized campus.
Dive deeper: Check out the photos below from the ceremony and view the digital program.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design:
- Doss Elementary School — Gold
- T.A. Brown Elementary School — Gold
- Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders — Silver
- Blazier Intermediate School — Silver
- Govalle Elementary School — Silver
Austin Energy Green Building:
- Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders — 4 Stars
- Blazier Intermediate School – 4 Stars
- Bowie High School Athletics Building — 4 Stars
- Doss Elementary — 4 Stars
- Govalle Elementary — 4 Stars
- T.A. Brown Elementary School — 4 Stars
- Bear Creek Elementary School — 3 Stars
- Casis Elementary School — 3 Stars
- Hill Elementary School — 3 Stars
- Murchison Middle School — 3 Stars
- Norman-Sims Elementary School – 3 Stars
- Menchaca Elementary — 2 Stars