Houston school receives distinguished sustainability award. The Monarch School and Institute was awarded IFIL’s prestigious Petal Certification.


[Houston, Texas]: International Living Future Institute (IFLI) awarded The Monarch School and Institute Living Building v2.1 Petal Certification. The Monarch School and Institute was the first in the state of Texas to be certified under the Petal Certification and the first in Houston (5th in the state) to receive an IFLI certification. The school is extremely excited to be recognized for their sustainable design and living building journey, which began in March of 2012, with the receipt of this Petal Certification.

The Monarch School and Institute serves students and young adults with neurological differences. The school is committed to preparing their students so they have every opportunity to make more significant contributions to the world. As such, the school wanted the facilities to reflect this drive for excellence and forward thinking paradigm which is why they strived for Petal certification; which recognizes measurable sustainability excellence in the built environment. The Monarch School was awarded certification for the Material, Beauty, and Equity performance areas. Patti Pace, the current Head of the school says, “This project was very special to our founder, Dr. Marty Webb, as the current Head of School, it was important to me that we move it forward.  I am so proud of Aleta Patrick and Amanda Tullos for their collaborative spirit, drive, tenacity, and knowledge in obtaining these three petals! “

Accompanying and providing essential guidance and expertise to The Monarch School and Institute on this journey was Amanda Tullos and her team at GreeNexus Consulting, LLC. GreeNexus is a Texas-based sustainability consultancy which has worked on projects across the United States and beyond. ”We are honored to have been a part of the Monarch School’s journey toward a more regenerative built environment” says Amanda. “From working with stakeholders to design the space to progressing though the certification process, it was such a fun and educational experience for all involved.”

The architect, Shelley Pottorf of Architend, noted that her favorite part of this project was “the deep bond that formed between everyone who was part of our team of visionaries, including everyone at The Monarch School and everyone on the design-build team. I also love the fact that this was a women-led, women-designed, women-constructed, and woman-certified project.”
“The most rewarding part of the project for me” Shannon Bryant of Tend Building explained  “was collaborating with like minded individuals to bring forth a process that helped educate not only the school community, but also subcontractors, city officials and inspectors, and the greater community about changes we need to make as a whole to have a living future.”
The project’s Petal certification will be officially recognized by the International Living Future Institute during their Living Future Conference on Friday April 23rd. The Monarch Institute will host a tour and plaque dedication ceremony [later this year].