Barnard Environmental Magnet School | New Haven, CT


Green Building Consultant + LEED Project Manager


In 2004-6, Evangeline Dennie, LEED AP worked with Hillary Brown, FAIA, LEED AP of New Civic Works to serve as LEED liaison between the U.S. Green Building Council and Roberta Washington Architects to obtain LEED Gold certification for the Barnard Environmental Magnet School in New Haven, CT.  Dennie provided detailed the LEED Credit feasibility study at each project phase, which included reports analyzing schematic design and construction documents. She compared financial premiums of LEED Credits to determine the economic feasibility of green design efforts. She also wrote and edited the green material specifications manual and incorporated LEED language for the general contractors and team to follow.


  • LEED Gold certified building (GREEN building – 39 points)
  • First LEED Certified Public School in CT – 2nd Gold building in state
  • Designed to save over 225,000 gallons of water a year
  • 15% of the project’s materials made from recycled content
  • 24% of the project’s materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the site, reducing the construction carbon footprint
  • Increased building square footage from 32,000 sq. ft. to approximately 90,000 sq. ft.
  • Largest school solar-panel project in CT (2006)
  • 196 solar panels on school roof
  • Solar panels provide approx. 11% of school’s electrical energy
  • Construction of pedestrian bridge connecting school to nature center over Ella Grasso Blvd.
  • Pedestrian bridge measures 229 feet long and weighs 138 tons
  • Nature Center located at West River Memorial Park