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$12 Million In Grants Available in Pennsylvania
Funds For Projects Rated LEED Gold or Higher


The Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development is reopening its Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) grant program. A total of $12 million in grants will be awarded to qualified applicants in this year's round.

Pennsylvania K-12 schools and other public agencies will have an opportunity to be awarded $12 million worth of grants for projects that qualify as LEED gold or higher.

The Central Pennsylvania chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will be reopening its Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) grant program.

A total of $12 million in grants will be awarded to qualified applicants, and submissions will be accepted through April 1, 2016.

In prior ACE rounds, many K-12 schools in Pennsylvania have received up to $2 million grants for their LEED Gold or higher projects.

However, building projects that are already underway would not qualify for grant funding.

ACE will award grants to projects that promote alternative and clean energy, compressed and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, and energy efficiency and conservation.

In addition to school districts, grants are available to cities, counties, businesses and economic development organizations, among other entities.

Questions about eligibility should be directed to Ryan Emerson at the DCED by calling (717) 346-8191.

U.S. Green Building Council:

Institutions of higher education are becoming more and more cognizant of the need to create sustainable environments and buildings -- and not just in the U.S.

All over the world, the green movement is catching on.

"Existing buildings hold incredible promise for higher education institutions, offering tremendous opportunities to connect academics with operations," the U.S. Green Building Council says on its website. "The implementation of LEED for building operations and maintenance on campuses will support an institution's sustainability goals by reducing the environmental impact of buildings and grounds; creating a positive effect on student, faculty and staff health; and preparing students to be global sustainability citizens."

The USGBC's LEED Lab is working toward that goal.

LEED Lab is an immersion course designed to prepare students for competitive careers in sustainability. Students learn the principles of LEED and evaluate existing facilities on their campuses, choosing one building to facilitate the complete LEED O+M process. The goal is to obtain LEED certification for the building. At the close of the semester, students may take the LEED AP O+M professional credential exam.

LEED Lab provides students with project experience and equips them with the skills needed to enter the market and implement what they have learned, the USGBC said. LEED Lab effort originated with a pilot course created and taught by Professor Patricia Andrasik at the Catholic University of America (CUA). LEED Lab officially launched in January 2014, and there are now LEED Lab courses in 18 institutions of higher education.

But since then, it has also gone global.

"We are excited to announce that since the launch, LEED Lab is now offered at six international universities in India, Latin America, the Middle East and Greater Asia," the USGBC said. "These institutions strongly believe that their participation in LEED Lab will allow their students to jump-start their careers upon graduation and create a more sustainable future for their universities." U.S. Green Building Council:

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