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The greenhouse at Harriton High School

The Facilities Goal of the LMSD Strategic Plan includes targeted strategies to promote sustainability in our schools, including a strategic energy plan. Key components of the plan include a school board energy policy to address energy consumption, benchmarking and reduction of school energy use through use of EPA Energy Star Tools and implementation of an awareness program to promote institutional and personal environmental responsibility within the school community.

The District's two high schools are on target for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Both schools feature high-performance, environmentally-sensitive designs, that include enhanced energy performance and daylight harvesting. At Harriton, rainwater is recycled for use in flush toilets and heating and cooling systems.

Additional facilities highlights include:

  • Windows in newly-renovated facilities are designed to take advantage of ambient lighting in classrooms, hallways, and offices.
  • LMSD buildings feature energy efficient appliances, including lighting fixtures and vending machines.
  • Waterless urinals in school bathrooms save 40,000 gallons of water per unit, per year.
  • Penn Valley Elementary School's solar panels are helping to provide power to the school and serve as a learning opportunity for students, aided by a website that keeps track of electricity production. Community members can track daily and lifetime energy generated, as well as lifetime CO2 emission offsets and current system AC power.