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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MCPS Loves Trees: Going Green (Part 1)

We all know the warnings: The Earth is getting warmer! The cost of energy is getting higher! We're all going to have to start using candles if we don't lose our dependence on Iranian oil! So, we all do our part to help conserve and save the planet, including MCPS.

Here at MCPS, the task of saving the planet goes under the Department of Facilities Management that manages energy and environmental programs so that MCPS is a lot more environmentally-conscious. In fact, it's part of MCPS' Stratgic Plan under Goal 5. As the 16th largest school system in the United States, we have a duty to make our mark (or reduce it) on the environment.

In general, there are four ways MCPS goes about tackling the environment:
  1. The SERT program made up of students and staff
  2. Energy education in middle school and high school
  3. New green buildings during construction (LEED Certification)
  4. Green building initiatives
This is going to be a pretty long series and is going to be in six parts. For those of you who don't really care about the environment: First, shame on you! And second, I'll have other posts as news comes along so don't worry.

Part Two: We're going to take a look at the SERT Program
Part Three: We're going to take a look at Recycling Data for MCPS
Part Four: We're going to look at green techniques in schools
Part Five: We're going to look at greening MCPS overall including construction
Part Six: We're going to look at MCPS Energy Data overall and what it means for the future including an interview from MCPS Central Staff!

Stay tuned for to learn about how MCPS is saving the planet!

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