KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — The newest custodian at Upper Merion High School
is a robotic floor cleaner that saves water, energy and money, according to a press release
District wide, the school is saving $300,000 thanks to green initiatives like the hall sweeper, which replaces a custodian, the release noted.
Mark Gershon, a professor at the Fox School of Business
, said going green has become a shield to reduce costs, including using machines to replace jobs, the release stated.
"If they had 10 people, maybe they can get by with six, seven or eight now. But the people who are left have to now administer the new technology, so in a sense it upgrades some jobs while eliminating others," said Gershon.