STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION
Senator CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN
District 16 (Morris and Somerset)
Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER
District 15 (Mercer)
Requires the design of new public schools to incorporate the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) guidelines.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel
An Act concerning the design of new public schools and supplementing P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-1 et al.).
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The design of new public schools shall incorporate the guidelines developed by the United States Green Building Council known as the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in the design of schools.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill requires that the design of new public schools incorporate the guidelines developed by the United States Green Building Council known as the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED). Such a requirement is currently imposed under State Board of Education regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:26-6.3(b)13) and this bill establishes the statutory authorization for that requirement.
The United States Green Building Council is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to live and work. LEED for Schools addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment. LEED for Schools is the recognized standard for high performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.