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        Daniel Island Academy Pursues LEED Certification
                              Progressive School Goes Green
DANIEL ISLAND, South Carolina (February 10, 2009) – Daniel Island Academy is completing its
certification for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings:
Operation and Maintenance with the United States Green Building Council. It is currently the only
school in South Carolina obtaining this certification.


“Each one of us has a part to play in creating a sustainable community and protecting our
environment. Daniel Island Academy is providing a unique opportunity as they work toward their
LEED Certification of an existing building,” states Mayor Joseph P. Riley, The City of Charleston.
“Their efforts will show other building owners that it is possible to bring the benefits of sustainable
improvement while also teaching their children that they can make a difference in the environment
as they also share those lessons at home.”


Opened in 2004, Daniel Island Academy is an early childhood education center serving children
one through six years of age, including preschool and kindergarten classes. The 17,500 square
foot facility was designed to be energy efficient and its state of the art construction contributes to its
LEED certification. Features such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, window walls to
provide high levels of natural light, high ceiling heights, and reflective roofing materials, were all
part of the original construction process.


“Our school has long been recognized in the region for its NAEYC accreditation, a progressive
curriculum, and staff qualifications. The LEED certification will further demonstrate Daniel Island
Academy’s commitment to excellence,” states Kerry Nowosielski, Director, Daniel Island Academy.


The LEED process will bring new benefits to the children and families of the school as well as the
community at large. Sustainable improvements range from bike racks and rainwater collection and
reuse systems, to energy efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Sustainable purchasing
for consumables, durable goods and food are being integrated with the overall operations of the
school. This concept is catching on in schools around the nation as they find ways in which to save
energy, improve air quality, and educate students about the environment


Daniel Island Academy’s environmental curriculum is innovative and will help shape children’s
views that will hopefully begin life changing practices. Academy teachers reinforce these concepts
through lesson plans that include active participation in recycling, conservation techniques and
gardening. Lessons learned in school go home to bring the learning process full circle for families.


Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the green-building
initiative in schools has received national support through the Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools,
a coalition of mayors seeking to strategically harness the leadership and creativity of mayors
across the country to promote the benefits of green schools in their communities.


The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a
sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations,
builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC's
founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,200 member companies and
organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building certification systems, an
expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and
Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 79 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing
groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.


Contact:
Kathy Boles Beard
Director of Marketing
Daniel Island Academy
843.971.5961 Office
843.743.5555 (Cell)
Kathy@danielislandacademy.com


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