Lower Merion School District is deeply committed to supporting sustainability in our school community. From LEED-certified buildings to K-12 environmental education programs, an award-winning green cleaning program to the nation's largest fleet of school buses fueled by compressed natural gas, we strive to be a model for responsible environmental stewardship. For these efforts, LMSD was among only 14 nationwide honorees for the first-ever U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. Honored districts were selected for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways.
This year also marked the kickoff of the first District-wide Energy and Resource Conservation Program. The two-year campaign - spearheaded by Director of Operations,Pat
Guinnane, and supported by the District's energy conservation
consultant, Practical Energy Solutions - has already helped reduce
electricity use by more than 170,000 kilowatt hours and eliminate
200,000 pounds of carbon emissions in just one month - the equivalent of
planting roughly 215,000 mature trees.
Here are some of the District's key "green" initiatives: