Reduce ongoing utility and other expenses for our schools.
For example installing Energy Star certified HVAC, windows and highest efficiency solar panels to generate electricity all pay back in reduced ongoing costs.
We are currently running a deficit and our reserves are dwindling. We could run out of reserves and start making cuts to educational programs or further cuts to support services.
The City of Piedmont has an ordinance that requires LEED certification, see Civic Green Building Ordinance:
If we use our capital expenditures to get LEED certified renovations, we will be reducing our ongoing expenditures.