Worthington Direct and the LEED® for Schools Rating System Help Schools Go Green

The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Based on LEED for New Construction, it addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED for Schools provides a unique, comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green, with measurable results. LEED for Schools is the recognized third-party standard for high performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.

To help schools receive points toward their certification, Worthington Direct (www.worthingtondirect.com) offers Smith System classroom furniture. One requirement on the LEED for Schools Rating System is the use of low emitting materials in construction and furnishings. Smith System furniture like the Smith System Single Planner Student Desk and the Smith System Mobile Pedestal help schools meet this LEED requirement. The purpose of using low emitting materials is to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Other environmentally friendly classroom furniture choices from Smith System include:

Astute Stack Chairs, Brilliant ABS Plastic Stools, Circusline Tables, Planner Activity Tables, and Booktruck with 6 Slant Shelves.

LEED for schools offers a number of resources to help the schools in your community obtain LEED certification. They offer discussion points to help you educate your community leaders about the benefits of LEED certification, free tutorials covering the basics of green school design, and USGBC local chapters working within your community.

For more information about LEED for Schools, visit www.usgbc.org/leed. For more information about Greenguard Certified classroom furniture, go to: http://www.worthingtondirect.com/school_furniture/greenguard_certified_furniture/greenguard_certified_furniture.htm.

About Worthington Direct

After spending over 30 years in the school supply, church and equipment industry, Worthington Direct (www.worthingtondirect.com) knows what is important – selection, service, price and timing. Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier. With competitive pricing, knowledgeable sales associates, and “In Stock” products for quick, efficient shipping…Worthington Direct is committed to be your furniture resource. Schools and churches look to Worthington Direct for competitive pricing for school furniture, church furniture, preschool furniture, early childhood furniture, library furniture, desks, wholesale furniture, computer furniture, classroom furniture, chalkboards, office furniture, room dividers, storage cabinets, easels, display cases, cafeteria tables, activity tables, classroom desks, computer tables, desk chairs, lecterns, literature racks, office desks and risers among its large stock. continue reading

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