Kristi Appelhans, LEED AP
iss.kristi @
(208) 522-2224
Idaho Falls, Idaho

High Performance Schools

"We believe that by working together in an integrated approach we can build higher performance schools that provide a superior learning environment, while reducing life cycle costs through conservation of energy and natural resources."
- Don Unger, Superintendent
Poudre School District, Colorado
FRHS Colorado
Fossil Ridge High School, Ft.Collins, CO

High performance schools are good for students and teachers, good for district bottom lines, and good for the natural world. To learn more about them follow the links below.

Introductory Information

  • Better Places to Learn – This is a link to a 20 min. presentation outlining the decision-making process and the costs and benefits of green schools from the perspective of board members, facility mangers, superintendents, parents, kids etc. for several schools in Pennsylvania.
  • High-Performance School Buildings – Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has put together a concise but comprehensive introduction to high performance schools. There are four seven minute segments.
  • High Performance Building: Perspective and Practice – this video by the Rocky Mountain Institute makes the business case for high performance buildings across sectors from Wal-Mart to hospitals and schools, all in different areas of the country. The segment focusing on Poudre School District Fossil Ridge H.S. begins about halfway through the presentation.

Tools for Decision-making

  • Greening America's Schools – Summary analysis of 30 high performance schools that are up and running. It documents the costs and benefits of building high-performance green schools.

Tools for Planning

 Green school model

High-Performance Green Elementary School model - Mahlum Architects, Seattle, WA