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Battelle to Lead Green Schools Research

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 16, 2014)—What’s the real value of designing and constructing “green” buildings? Experts at Battelle are going to find the answer, and they have the perfect test bed in their own backyard.

The Central Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-COH) has hired Battelle to execute the educational component of the Green Schools Research Program. That means Battelle scientists will seek to define, by way of advanced statistical modeling techniques, whether or not there is an association between schools with a LEED certification and educational outcomes such as student attendance rates, discipline, and test scores.

All publicly funded K-12 school construction projects in Ohio must be certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver or better. As a result, Ohio leads the nation in green schools with more than 130 (and counting) and is a unique proving ground for green buildings research.

 “This a fantastic project and I’m happy the Central Ohio Chapter has selected Battelle to execute the research program,” said Ian MacGregor, the project’s principle investigator and senior research scientist for Battelle Energy & Environment. 

The goal of the study is to learn whether or not green schools, which of course are simply green buildings, really make a difference, and if so, why. Battelle is working with an Ohio State University graduate student to conduct the research and intends to include students from schools such as Otterbein and the University of Dayton. This will expand the breadth of the chapter’s research program to include assessing the impact of sustainable design on building energy consumption and on public health. 

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

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