Hernando County School District: NEHA's 2009 Excellence in Sustainability
Speaker:† Sean Arnold
The Hernando County School District
is determined to reduce their carbon footprint on the earth. They have a
comprehensive program that incorporates a multi facet approach that will
positively impact the environment. Hernando Schools are seeing immediate
results and expect to see a long-term positive outcome.
School Districtís sustainability
program was self-initiated. They were in need of cutting costs and improving
overall operations. More importantly, they felt if changes were to be made than
things needed to be done correctly. It was an important issue for the district
to lessen the negative impact on the environment. The Hernando
County area is known as Floridaís Nature
Coast. Hernando County
School District wants to make sure
they do their part in keeping this area known as the Nature Coast.
County Schoolís program will positively impact the environment by saving
thousands of kilowatts of energy, millions of gallons of water, diverting
hundreds of tons of materials from the landfill, saving hundreds of trees,
using less oil, using environmentally friendly chemicals and saving thousands
of dollars year after year.
is bright and sustainable for the Hernando
District. The sustainability program is a
pathfinder for innovation and positive change for other districts to follow.
The maintenance and custodial departments are the benchmark for the future of
educational support departments in the State of Florida and beyond.