WOODSTOCK (GNB) – Meduxnekeag Consolidated School in Woodstock has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“LEED is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries and is also recognized by the Canada Green Building Council,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny, who presented the school with a certification plaque today. “I am pleased that the students at this school will be receiving their education in an environmentally-friendly building.”

A wood pellet system is the school’s main heating source. It uses pellets created from untreated wood waste, such as sawdust. In addition, all plumbing fixtures at the school are high efficiency to help reduce water usage.

Making effective use of daylight to reduce the need for electric lighting was a design requirement and influenced the placement and size of windows. Photo-sensors adjust electric lighting based upon available daylight. When a room has enough natural daylight the perimeter row of lights will turn off.

In addition, storm water from rain and snow melt in parking lots and driveways are being directed to a retention pond. This allows water to flow from the school property at the same rate it did before the school, parking lots, and driveways were built.

The K-8 school, which officially opened in May 2016, was designed for 650 students. It includes 29 classrooms; rooms for music, art, science, and technology; project-work areas; multi-purpose rooms; a cafetorium; a library; two gymnasiums; and early-childhood learning space.