A high school swimming pool in Illinois is the latest structure in the state to earn LEED certification.

Although completed in August 2014, the $11 million renovated natatorium at Buffalo Grove High School has received LEED Silver certification, according to the Daily Herald.

LEED -- Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design -- is a points system established by the U.S. Green Building Council that rates the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

The project included water use reduction, green power, certified wood, green housekeeping, green education and sustainable material resources, all of which contributed to the certification, the news agency reported.

According to Ted Birren, the district's director of operations, there were minimal costs with the LEED certification. However the district will benefit from long-term savings from pursing the certification, according to the Daily Herald. Read More