Meduxnekeag Consolidated School in Woodstock, which has only been open for six months, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

New Brunswick Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny says LEED is a rating system recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. It's also a benchmark used by the Canada Green Building Council.

Meduxnekeag Consolidated School

The Woodstock school's main heating source is a wood pellet system which uses pellets created from untreated wood waste such as sawdust. Kenny says all plumbing fixtures at the school are high-efficiency to help reduce water usage. Photo-sensors also adjust electric lighting based upon available daylight. When a room has enough natural daylight , Kenny says the perimeter row of lights will turn off.

Storm water from rain and snow melt in parking lots and driveways at the school is directed to a retention pond, allowing water to flow from the school property at the same rate it did before the school, parking lots, and driveways were built.

The Meduxnekeag Consolidated School, at 200 School Street in the Bedell area of Woodstock, officially opened this past May. The K-8 school was designed for 650 students and has 29 classrooms, including rooms for music, art, science, and technology, as well as project-work areas, multi-purpose rooms, cafetorium, library, two gymnasiums, and early-childhood learning space.