On January 28, 2015, Austin ISD celebrated our first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified school: Guerrero Thompson Elementary School. AISD has been designing new schools with the environment in mind for many years, but Guerrero Thompson is our first school to receive dual green building certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED and Austin Energy’s Green Building programs. Guerrero Thompson received LEED Silver designation and a four-star rating from Austin Energy. 

Two additional AISD facilities—the AISD Performing Arts Center and Jaime Padron Elementary School—are also seeking dual green building certification. Both facilities are aiming for LEED Gold and Austin Energy Green Building four-star ratings. 

Curious what difference green building makes? Check out this infographic highlighting the estimated cost savings and environmental benefits from some of the school’s energy, water, and waste reduction features.

KXAN highlighted the school's green features and AISD's commitment to sustainability.

Press Conference

Inside AISD Episode 8

Guerrero Thompson Elementary shines during its green building celebration.
Guerrero Thompson Elementary shines during its green building celebration.

Principal La Kesha Drinks welcomes the crowd as Trustee Ann Teich and COO Dr. Lawrence Fryer listen.Principal La Kesha Drinks welcomes the crowd as Trustee Ann Teich and COO Dr. Lawrence Fryer listen.

Students celebrate with spirited singing.
Students celebrate with spirited singing.

Trustee Ann Teich and Principal La Kesha Drinks unveil the LEED and Austin Energy Green Building plaques.Trustee Ann Teich and Principal La Kesha Drinks unveil the LEED and Austin Energy Green Building plaques.

Students demonstrate how they sort their recycling and composting for a zero-waste lunch.
Students demonstrate how they sort their recycling and composting for a zero-waste lunch.

Principal La Kesha Drinks welcomes the crowd as Trustee Ann Teich and COO Dr. Lawrence Fryer listen.
Students practice creative reuse making art out of recycled magazines, straws, and tubes.

A Guerrero Thompson student shows off her recycled can artwork.
A Guerrero Thompson student shows off her recycled can artwork.

Grizzly proud and recycled!Grizzly proud and recycled!