2013 National Green Ribbon School
“They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future.”
U.S. Secretary of Education
In 2013, Kinard was awarded a Green Ribbon School Award by the United States Department of Education and is currently a bronze level partner in the Environmental Leadership Program. Kinard C.A.R.E.S., an environmental leadership program for students, has been a national model for authentic and engaging learning experiences that reflect the civic responsibilities that students will face as citizens in the real world.
Built in 2006, Kinard Middle School is the only school in Colorado to earn a perfect Energy Star score of 100. Kinard was the first school in the country to specifically be “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” and was awarded an Energy Star rating in its first year of occupancy (2007). The school is the most energy efficient school in the state of Colorado operating at between 20 and 25 kBtu/sf/yr.
Take a virtual tour of Kinard and learn all about the building’s sustainable features, presented here by the Kinard C.A.R.E.S. student leadership program.