Press Releases


April 25, 2012

North Adams Elementary Named Green Ribbon School

SHP Leading Design (SHP) is excited to announce that North Adams Elementary School was named one of 78 Schools in 29 States and D.C. as First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.  North Adams Elementary is one of only two schools in Ohio to make the elite list.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.

“It’s very exciting for one of our projects to be named to the inaugural list of Green Ribbon Schools,” Allison McKenzie, SHP Director of Sustainability said.  “The LEED Silver Certified North Adams Elementary opened in 2009 and since that time has become a leader in environmental sustainability and promoting a green culture to the staff, students, and community.”

The building design has many sustainable features including a geothermal HVAC system, daylight harvesting and variable room lighting.  The building site is located in a rural setting and great care was taken to leave the surrounding land undisturbed through all phases of the construction process. The campus consists of 850,000 square feet of land, yet the building footprint uses less than 11% of this space. Over 90% of the building interior offers views to the outside.

According to the school district, the staff and students of the North Adams Elementary School take great pride in their building and campus.  The green initiatives have provided new teaching tools to teachers, financial savings to the school district, and raised environmental awareness to the entire community.

For more information on the Green Ribbon Awards, please click here.


About SHP Leading Design

SHP Leading Design offers a complete line of planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, construction administration, and facilities management services. With more than 105 years of experience, the firm is committed to leading the community in innovative architectural design and sustainable design. SHP’s leadership in sustainable design for Ohio Schools includes over 40 LEED registered or certified projects.  In addition, over 30% of all schools currently certified in Ohio were designed by SHP.  SHP is headquartered in Cincinnati.