The NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System was developed to guide the sustainable design, construction and operation of new schools, modernization projects and school renovations, and to achieve compliance with Local Law 86 of 2005 (New York City's Green Building Law). Local Law 86/2005 established a set of demanding sustainable standards for public design and construction projects in general, and makes NYC one of the first and largest school districts in the nation to have sustainable guidelines required by law.
On March 13, 2007, the Director of the Office of Environmental Coordination, on the behalf of the Mayor, determined that the NYC Green Schools Rating System is no less stringent than LEED for New Construction, version 2.2, for the achievement of a LEED Certified rating (the minimum required by Local Law 86/2005 for school projects). Copies of the independent review of the 2007 GSG, undertaken by OEC on behalf of the Mayor, and the Mayoral Findings can be downloaded from the Mayor's Office of Sustainability website at nyc.gov/oec.
Designing and building sustainable schools by following the NYC Green Schools Guide will utilize standards best suited to school buildings in New York City, and will allow "building green" to be integrated with the SCA's other core mandates of designing and building high quality projects within aggressive timeframes and as cost effectively as possible.
The NYC Green Schools Guide 2007 was valid for applicable projects whose design started after January 1, 2007, but before June 26, 2009.It was last revised on May 1, 2009. For projects that started design on or after that date, applicable projects were required to follow the "NYC Green Schools Guide 2009". An update to the 2009 guide, the "NYC Green Schools Guide 2016", applies to projects that started design after May 31, 2016. For convenience, changes from the 2009 guide are highlighted in yellow within the 2016 guide; click on the links below to view each of the guides. (Please note that for optimal viewing in hardcopy, as well as to conserve paper, the Green Schools Guide is designed to be printed double-sided).
If any errors are found in the Green Schools Guide or Forms please email the CADD Unit. The forms are regularly updated and should be taken from the website at the beginning of each phase of the project.