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MNPS Recognized for Energy and Sustainability Efforts

Metro Schools Receives USGBC’s Tennessee Leadership Award

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – (October 16, 2018) – Metro Nashville Public Schools was honored Oct. 11 for its leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability with an award from the Tennessee Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The district received the award for not only meeting, but exceeding its support of Leadership through Efficient Energy Design (LEED) certification standards for school construction and ensuring students and staff have safe, healthy, and sustainable places to learn and work.

The USGBC Tennessee community presents an annual Leadership Award to the projects, individuals, and groups raising the bar for encouraging and providing green buildings in the state of Tennessee. This year, MNPS was selected as the winner of the 2018 USGBC Tennessee Leadership Award as a Community Champion, which recognizes those who help to realize USGBC’s vision of green, energy efficient and sustainable buildings for all to use.

“It is simply the right thing to do for our schools, our children and our teachers,” said David R. Proffitt, MNPS executive director of Facilities, Maintenance and Construction. “It also represents a way to inform the citizens of Nashville that we are using their capital dollars to the best use possible.”

MNPS has a practice of and is mandated to use the guidelines of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to create new facilities with the Silver LEED designation at a minimum for facilities. Currently, MNPS has 11 facilities designated LEED Silver, with one project, Tusculum Elementary School, that has a designation of LEED Gold – the only public school in the state of Tennessee to hold that designation. Further, the district is tracking three-to-four additional school projects that will attain LEED designations.

MNPS utilizes the same guidelines for additions to facilities where LEED designation already exists. In addition, the same LEED guidelines are used for any capital construction regardless of the current facility designation, or lack thereof. Those projects without LEED designation will be constructed to LEED principles.


Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.