SVVSD Green Buildings & Features

High School Becomes LEED Registered
Frederick High School is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered school through the U.S. Green Building Council scoring 53 out of 110 possible points. LEED is an internationally recognized green building program providing building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides the tools to immediately impact building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.

Frederick High is a LEED Silver Certified building. To read details of the school's 2013 LEED scorecard, view the USGBC site here:

What do the students at FHS think about their schools' green features?
“I think every building should go green. Going green has inspired me to do as much as I can to help the environment. We use too many lights when its day time and cutting that down makes an impact. Making buildings green can change the future”  

– Gabriel Guteriez

“I thought Green Building was just solar panels on buildings, but there’s more to it. After the Frederick High School tour, I want to know more about green buildings/being green.”

– David Yang

“To start off I knew this building was green, but I didn’t know how green. Our old ‘Frederick’ was dark and stuffy, now at this new school is open and bright and the environment is enjoyable to learn in. With all of the light tubes and windows make it really pleasant.”  

- Brittany Marshall

Erie High School Solar Array
As a winner of the 2011 ReNew Our Schools energy competition hosted by the Center for Resource Conservation, Erie High implemented solar energy with the $25,000 award money. There are approximately 48 (3 x 5) panels mounted on the roof of the cafeteria. The 10kW solar energy system generates about 13,400 kilowatt-hours of electricity on an annual basis. View the real-time solar generation along with electricity consumption here: Erie High eGauge.

Red Hawk Elementary School reaches new heights for SVVSD's sustainable design:
SVVSD and the design team set high performance goals for Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, Colorado.  Early in design, the project was accepted for the Xcel Energy Design Assistance Program, which offers cash incentives to offset soft costs of high performance design.  The project goals include energy consumption at 32 kBtu/sf/yr, more than 50% lower than the average school in Colorado, and .8 W/sf for electric lighting.  The sustainability highlights incorporated into the design include a ground source heat pump system, high performance building enclosure, adequate natural daylighting throughout, and non-toxic and sustainable materials selections. Additionally, the school district and principal are committed to implementing a sustainability-focused curriculum.  IBE joined the project team to facilitate green design and construction and LEED administration.

Red Hawk is a LEED Gold Certified building. To read details of the school's 2012 LEED scorecard, view the USGBC site here: 

"The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependance on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health.  The work of innovative buil
ding projects such as Red Hawk Elementary is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement."
-Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council

The Lyons School Solar Project

View the real-time solar generation along with electricity consumption here: Lyons Middle Senior eGauge

In 2009 Poudre Valley REA and The Center for ReSource Conservation came together to install a solar PV array at the Lyons Middle/Senior High School in Boulder County. 

The project is part of the Go Green! Initiative and is a key component of the Lyons Renew Our Schools program. Major funding for the 21kW solar energy system was provided by the CRC through a StEPP Foundation grant that also provides for water conservation, recycling and possible bio-diesel fuel for the school system’s buses.

Poudre Valley REA contributed $50,000 toward the project and, in return, received the Renewable Energy Credits from the new array.  Poudre Valley has also participated actively in the Go Green! educational outreach program that provides school-based curriculum with an emphasis on energy conservation.

The new solar panels provide an estimated 4% of the school district’s electricity consumption and result in direct savings of $3,000 per year. It also serves as a hands-on learning tool for both students and the community at large.

Check out Lyons Middle/Senior's Solar Array monitoring system in real-time!  Click the following link to view the electricity production of the solar array from 2009 to Summer of 2014 (eGauge link above shows all data thereafter along with consumption!);  


  • Recurring benefits every year for 30+ years:  

  • Carbon Emission Reduction: 53,236 lbs/year 

  • Vehicle Mile Reduction Equivalent: 58,230 miles/year 

  • Equivalent # of Trees Planted: 2,048 trees

Westview Middle School Solar Array
With the $20,000 ReNew Our Schools award money, Westview Middle School decided to fund a 6.76kW solar array. There are 26 260W panels in total. Custom Solar installed the panels spring of 2015. The panels save the equivalent of 5.6 acres of forests in the U.S. each year or 7,303 pounds of coal prevented from being burned each year. 
View the real-time solar generation along with electricity consumption here:Westview Middle eGauge

Dara Ward,
Feb 1, 2016, 1:03 PM