Monday, September 21, 2009

Schools Going Green

green school
Greener Future:
Looks like people are FINALLY starting to get it. Even schools are jumping on board, which is a great thing! It's nice to see people are also saving money while going solar!

The picture is from a school in Brockton, MA, that is an area that has really been focusing on transforming the school district into a earth friendly carbon fighting machine. More schools are going green this year as educators adopt earth-friendly projects and try to pinch pennies while saving the planet. Brockton, Bridgewater-Raynham, Carver, Rockland and Southeastern Voc-Tech are among the local school districts in the Massachusetts area finding ways to make green changes and raise student awareness of environmental issues. Even some of the local colleges in the Massachusetts are going green too! At Massasoit Community College in Brockton, a new fall course on designing solar electricity arrays filled up quickly, a college official said.

“One of the nice things is that you can go green and save money at the same time,” said Rockland school Superintendent John Retchless, whose district has benefited from grant money for schools that make environmentally sound changes.

Sometimes the small, simple changes are the most important. Last year in one reported instance, teachers were told to shut off the lights each time they left the room, turn off computers at night and use natural light whenever possible. The effort saved that areas schools 15 percent on its energy bills. Proving once again, it pays to go green!


  1. Going "green" is the smart thing to do, and we all need to do our part. I am impressed with the number of schools that are adopting and teaching "green" strategies.

    This is a wonderful blog and I have subscribed, so that I can keep abreast of your latest articles. You are doing a great job for our environment !!! Keep it up !!! (ringgold)

  2. All schools should consider such an investment. Where I live, the schools have a decent amount of money and something like this sends such a positive message for the leaders of tomorrow.

  3. It seems to me that rooftop solar panels are on the cusp of making a major breakthrough.

    I've heard about programs/companies that act as brokers to match building owners with solar panel companies. I believe the relationship is structured such that the building owner doesn't incur any additional cost but reaps some financial gain, the broker is paid a commission based on the value/power generated, and the solar panel company through the use of the third party's rooftop is able to run their business efficiently enough to sustain a profit after deducting the aforementioned fees and other expenses.