The Recovery School District received an award for its steadfast commitment to rebuilding healthy, high-performing schools for New Orleans community. Five years after the devastating hurricanes that ravaged New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, the District made rebuilding sustainably a priority, committing to build all public schools to a minimum of LEED Silver and reducing energy use by 30 percent. When phase one of the master plan is completed in 2013, there will be 17 new and 13 renovated LEED schools. The first of those schools opened in August 2009, with double-digit increases in test scores just in the past school year.
Above: L.B. Landry School in Algiers with solar hot water and other sustainable features. Congratulations to the district.