Lincoln Heights Elementary was one of five statewide pilot projects to employ the new Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol for High Performance. This was the first public K-12 school in the state to receive LEED® AP Certification and the first LEED® AP Gold project in Eastern Washington. The building incorporates many sustainable design features, natural lighting, enhanced acoustics and increased airflow. Water reducing features include auto-sensing wash basins throughout the school. In addition, ecologically sound decisions were made by reusing materials and equipment where possible. High efficiency lighting, heating, plumbing and cooling systems were used throughout to reduce heating, cooling and annual utility and maintenance costs. The school sits on 6 acres and includes 25 classrooms, a 1,200 SF community activity room, a library, gymnasium, and music room as well as additional spaces for storage, and health-nursing.