- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school has become the 150th in the state to go green.

The Columbus Scioto Middle School building was certified Thursday by the U.S. Green Building Council based on its reduced energy and environmental impacts.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission says the state leads the nation with the number of school buildings certified. Its nearest competitor, California, has gotten 108 certified.

The commission says another 190 Ohio school buildings are either being designed, are under construction or waiting on approval of their certification applications.

The commission says that data shows the 150 already certified school buildings in Ohio use an average of 39 percent less water than non-certified buildings.

For a list of Ohio’s certified school buildings, go to http://osfc.ohio.gov.

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