Grants to $25,000 Available in Green Schools Program
The Governor’s Green Government Council of Pennsylvania provides an incentive for new schools to be built more efficiently. High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants are designed to cover a portion of the "soft" costs of designing a green building that are not typically included within the conventional design fee structure. Grants may vary in size depending upon the scope of the project, but as of 2008 each grant award has been for $25,000. Grants may be used for simulation and modeling costs, including daylighting studies and energy modeling, additional consultancy fees, and costs of documentation required for LEED-NC certification. The incentive is only for new construction of a LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum project. In addition to planning grant opportunities, the Department of Education offers an additional reimbursement to schools that build or renovate to LEED silver or higher, or achieve two or more Globes on the Green Building Initiative Green Globes rating scale. Contact: PlanCon, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of School Facilities, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126; 717-787-5480; http://www.pde.state.pa.us/constr_facil/
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