COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has been named the nationwide leader in building environmentally-friendly school buildings.

The U.S. Green Buildings Council recognized the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for having surpassed 300 green K-12 school buildings.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) issued a resolution Thursday honoring the commission and its staff.

David Williamson, the commission’s executive director, says the agency first mandated environmentally friendly design techniques in state-funded K-12 projects a decade ago.

Green-certified schools are designed to be more energy efficient and reduce water consumption.

The commission oversees public school construction and renovation in Ohio along with projects by state agencies and state-supported universities and community colleges.