High Performance Green School Planning Grant: Welcome Letter




Dear Friend of Education:

We are pleased to invite you to apply for a High-Performance Green Schools Planning Grant to help position Pennsylvania as a leader in deploying innovative environmental and energy solutions for schools.

High performance green schools provide a demonstrably better learning environment for students and can reduce annual operating costs. To encourage school districts to invest in these high caliber facilities, High-Performance Green Schools Planning Grants will help defray costs which are not typically included in the design fee, but which are critical to the design of a high performance building. The grants are funded by the State Public School Building Authority and jointly administered by the Governor's Green Government Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Additional information is available at the GGGC website.

There is no deadline for application. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis upon verification of project eligibility and will be limited to available program funds. Grants will cover costs directly associated with obtaining LEED for Schools Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification, which we are using as an independent measure of compliance with high performance standards. Eligible costs include building energy simulations and daylight modeling, green coaches and specialty consultant fees, design fees for additional services beyond those conventionally covered, and help with LEED for Schools certification costs.

The funds are not available for research, materials, or construction costs. Projects that fail to obtain at least LEED for Schools Silver certification within one year of building acceptance will be required to repay grant funds to the Department of Education.

We look forward to helping create a number of outstanding high performance green schools as part of Pennsylvania's continued academic leadership and environmental stewardship. For more information, please contact the Governor's Green Government Council via email or telephone 717-783-8411.

Sincerely,

 
 
Secretary
Department of Education
 
Co-Chair, GGGC
Secretary
Department of General Services
 
Co-Chair, GGGC
Secretary
Department of Environmental Protection
 
Executive Director
State Public School Building Authority

High Performance Green Schools Planning Grant Status (Excel)

High Performance Green School Planning Grant Application (PDF)

High Performance Green Schools Planning Grant Letter of Commitment (Word)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Grant Agreement (Word)