IRVING, Texas, Nov. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, the largest net-zero educational facility in the United States, will host "Making the Grade in a Net Zero World," a symposium being presented this Friday and Saturday by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. The school also will be the subject of the opening session.

A net-zero building produces as much energy as it consumes, so its overall energy consumption over a year is net zero, which helps to reverse negative trends associated with climate change. Lady Bird Johnson Middle School also incorporates a number of sustainable and eco-friendly design features, including its flooring, which was manufactured by Mondo, the global leader in the sports and contract flooring markets.

Mondo's Harmoni rubber flooring is used throughout Lady Bird Johnson Middle School. Greenguard-Certified, Harmoni is easy to maintain. It never requires waxing or refinishing, and it can be cleaned with just a scrubber, soap and water. This saves on water usage and eliminates the use of chemicals that might be damaging to the environment. The rubber flooring also is comfortable under foot and reduces noise production, making it ideal for school hallways and classrooms.

"Mondo has always invested heavily in manufacturing durable, high-quality flooring that is safe for the environment and the people who use it," said Federico Stroppiana, vice president, strategic development, Mondo Group. "Our rubber flooring is antibacterial and antimicrobial throughout, and does not emit harmful chemicals, which is why schools install Mondo products with the utmost confidence."

Mondo manufactures a range of innovative, Greenguard-Certified, eco-friendly products that are sustainable and contribute to builders' LEED initiatives. The company is committed to producing surfaces that do not harm the environment at any stage of the manufacturing process. Its rubber flooring surfaces are made of sustainable materials including renewable natural rubber, natural fillers and color pigments that are free of lead and other heavy metals.

About Mondo

Mondo manufactures products for all school environments, including classrooms, corridors, labs, cafeterias, gymnasiums, weight rooms, locker rooms and multipurpose rooms. During the past 30 years, the company has committed the majority of its research and development resources to the continuous innovation of its products that are sold within the education market. All of its products are of the highest quality and are completely safe for students, teachers, administrators and staff. Mondo has sold and installed more than 100 million square feet of flooring in schools, and the majority is still in use today.

The company also is the global leader in the sports and contract flooring markets, manufacturing flooring surfaces for virtually every application. More than 1,100 Mondo tracks and 800 Mondo artificial turf fields are installed worldwide. The official supplier of the athletic track for the past nine Olympic Games and the upcoming 2012 London Olympics, Mondo also is the official supplier or official sponsor of more than 100 sports federations and associations.

In addition, Mondo is the world's largest producer of sports and toy balls with an average daily production of 450,000 units, and it manufactures large luxury yachts under its Mondo Marine division.

A family-owned business since its founding in 1948, Mondo sells its products in more than 196 countries. The company's global headquarters are in Italy, and it has manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. More information about Mondo is available at mondoworldwide.com.

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Glynis Gibson
Gibson Communications, Inc.
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glynis.gibson@gibsoncommunications.com