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From the Montgomery Public Schools Office of Public Information:
On Wednesday Montgomery
Public Schools kicked off its Go Green Campaign by announcing the launch
of a new recycling program and impressive energy savings.
the event held at Dozier Elementary, Superintendent Barbara Thompson announced
that the district has reached the $4.3 million mark in energy savings and that
MPS will partner with the Montgomery Clean City Commission to promote recycling
at each of the district's schools.
the past several years, our energy education program has been an effective tool
in helping us reduce our energy consumption," said Thompson. "That has played a
big factor in the $4 million in savings we've seen. I'm also pleased to
announce our partnership with the Montgomery Clean City Commission to implement
a recycling program. This is the first time we have ever had a coordinated,
district-wide effort to promote recycling among schools and departments.
Feedback so far has been positive, and we're expecting great results."
Go Green Campaign will focus on recycling and energy conservation through behavior
Montgomery Clean City Commission provided recycle bins and training on how to
use them for custodians at each school. One week each month, the bags will be
collected and delivered to a local recycling center, which will weigh the contents.
Each quarter, high performing schools and custodians will be recognized with an
MPS Green Award.
Green will also support the district's Energy Education Program which, as of
December 2012, has reduced the district's energy costs by $4.3 million. The
program initially launched in July 2010 and since then, 25 MPS schools have met the criteria to be recognized as Energy Stars by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
are doing very well with our energy program and hope to reach the $5 million
mark by this summer," said MPS Energy Specialist Ken Wright. "MPS Maintenance
Department, teachers, students, school staff and custodians have all worked
together to conserve energy by turning off lights and powering down computers
and office equipment when not in use. Thermostats in many schools are now
centrally controlled and several buildings have received new energy efficient
windows or lighting retrofits. All these things have helped reduce our costs."
said she is optimistic about the Go Green Campaign and hopes that it will
continue to grow.
Go Green Campaign is a great way to encourage administrators to think of new
and better ways to conserve resources, while at the same time, teach students
valuable lessons about protecting the environment as they get hands-on
experience recycling right in their school," Thompson said. "By reusing and recycling materials and reducing our energy
cost, we're not only saving money, we have a positive impact on the
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