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Hartford School Wins Top ‘Green’ Certification

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Hartford magnet school has become Connecticut’s first public school building to achieve the highest possible rating for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.

The Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School joins two other Connecticut buildings to win platinum-level LEED certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED certifications on a scale measuring factors ranging from energy savings and recycling to reducing water use.

Yale’s School of Forestry and its Sculpture Building are the state’s only other two non-residential platinum-level LEED buildings. Eighty-six other buildings statewide hold bronze, silver or gold certification.

Hooker School opened in 1952, but was renovated in 2008 and overhauled into a magnet school. It joins 10 other public schools nationwide with platinum LEED ratings.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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