• Upper School Academic Center Certified LEED Gold

    The Upper School Academic Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council—the first building in Livingston to earn the coveted status.

    The certification process for new construction of schools is based on a checklist that tallies possible points for environmental stewardship. Among its sustainable features, the Upper School Academic Center is equipped with eco-friendly heating and cooling systems, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, indoor finishes that use recycled and sustainable materials, and classrooms designed to maximize effective acoustics and natural light.

    “The lesson NA students can take from this achievement is that every sustainability initiative matters—from grassroots efforts to large-scale construction projects—and impacts the future health of our environment,” said Head of School Don Austin. “Beyond the Newark Academy campus, the future of the surrounding community rests with the organizations that take on the responsibility of environmental stewardship.”

    LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home, or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. Among the certification levels, the Gold status is one of the highest, second only to Platinum.