First-Ever LEED Zero School

Discovery hosted a tour and meeting at our school this past week, hosting the U.S. Green Building Council’s National Capital Region team. The group was led by Mr. Reeves from Discovery; Mr. Wyck Knox, the lead architect that designed Discovery Elementary School; representatives from CMTA Engineers, who designed and built many of the systems at our school, including the Energy Dashboard; and Ms. Cathy Lin of Arlington Public Schools.

Following that meeting, Discovery and Arlington Public Schools learned that the U.S. Green Building Council had formally awarded the “LEED Zero” designation to Discovery Elementary School, making it the first and only building in the world to be certified so, and only the third ever in the world LEED Zero project. Discovery was also named the first winner of the U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region Net Zero award.

Discovery Elementary School continues to be a leader in revolutionary school design, including serving as a pioneer in the area of net-zero-and-positive energy production, integration of sustainability into its curriculum across all grade levels, and the implementation of research-based and child-centered pedagogy and assessment, all within a 100%-publicly-funded neighborhood school model, within standard budget allocations.

Discovery is the only building in the National Capital Region’s territory that has demonstrated a net-positive energy balance to date, according to Mr. Mark Bryan of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Members of the administration team will attend the Net Zero Schools Regional Summit in October, as well as “A Midsummer Night’s Green,” a USGBC event in July, to accept these awards on behalf of the students and staff of Discovery Elementary School and Arlington Public Schools.