High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants

March 21, 2017


NOTE: Program is no longer offered. 3/21/2017

The Governor's Green Government Council of Pennsylvania provides an incentive for new schools to be built according to green building standards. High Performance Green Schools Planning Grants are designed to cover a portion of the "soft" costs of designing a green building that are not typically included within the conventional design fee structure. Grants may vary in size depending upon the scope of the project, but it appears that typical past awards have been for $25,000. Grants may be used for simulation and modeling costs, including daylighting studies and energy modeling, additional consultancy fees, and costs of documentation required for LEED for Schools certification. The incentive is only for new construction of a LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum project.

In addition to planning grant opportunities, the Department of Education offers an additional reimbursement to schools that build or renovate to LEED silver or higher, or achieve two or more Globes on the Green Building Initiative Green Globes rating scale. When a school district undertakes a major construction project, the district seeks reimbursement from the Commonwealth through the "Planning and Construction Workbook" (PlanCon) process. This incentive may result in a state funding contribution up to 10% larger than it would have been for a non-rated building.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/schools/13838/funding_opportunities/588215
Administrator: Governor's Green Government Council
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Daylighting
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Incentive Amount: Determined on a case-by-case basis
Equipment Requirements: Schools must achieve at least LEED for Schools Silver certification


Name: 24 P.S. § 25-2574(c.4)
Date Enacted: 07/13/2005


Name: DEP Grants Center - HPGS
Organization: Governor's Green Government Council
Address: Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor
Harrisburg PA 17105-8776
Phone: (717) 783-8411
Email: ra-epgggc@pa.gov
Name: PlanCon
Organization: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Address: 333 Market Street
Harrisburg PA 17126
Phone: (717) 787-5480

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.