The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is encouraging the public and USGBC members to comment on the second draft of LEED for Schools. The public comment period will be open for 15 days, starting Wednesday, February 7, 2007 and continuing through Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Any member of the public is welcome to submit comments.

Participate in the comment period.

According to the USGBC Web site, LEED for Schools is a market-specific rating system that recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. The draft rating system is based on LEED for New Construction, and addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention and more. The final rating system will be supported by a full suite of supporting tools catered to schools, including a reference guide, workshop, and LEED Online with credit templates.

Any member of the public can comment on the LEED for Schools draft (after creating a site user profile on the USGBC Web site). At this time, we are only accepting comments on changes made since the first public comment draft, which was posted during the summer of 2006. USGBC has responded to all comments made during the first review; responses are posted on the public comment page. During this final public comment period, USGBC will respond to all comments made on changes since the first draft, and will post the comments and responses (without commenter names or organizations) to the USGBC Web site, along with a draft showing all of the changes. The resulting draft will then be sent to the USGBC membership for balloting. The official public release of the rating system is expected in March 2007; there is no pilot phase planned for this system.

Visit the USGBC Web site for more information.