The Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA), founded in 1949, is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12, with lower, middle and upper school campuses comprising well over 200 acres in the heart of worldfamous Parker Ranch.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, HPA was one of only two schools throughout the state of Hawai'i, and one of only 78 schools nationwide, to receive the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) award in recognition of their accomplishments toward saving energy, reducing costs, featuring environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protecting health, fostering wellness and offering environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.
"Thermal accelerated nano crystal sanitation (TANCS) steam vapor has helped HPA meet the GRS criteria as an awardwinning school because it cleans and disinfects without the use of harsh chemicals, reduces manpower, reduces the spread and growth of mold, mildew and germs and helps protect persons with sensitivities and allergies," says Robert McKendry, chief financial officer of HPA, who administers all business activities of the school, including accounting, the bookstore, housekeeping, maintenance, foodservice and security.
HPA started using TANCS steam vapor in 2007, and applications now include all campus restrooms, showers, dorm rooms, infirmary, guest houses and classrooms.
Widespread adoption has resulted in a reduction of toxic chemistries and significant cost savings.
"In 2008, we spent $3,800 on disinfectant cleaners; now, our usage — and related expense — of such harsh chemistries is basically zero," notes McKendry.
In addition, HPA management has received many positive comments from staff and students about the improved environment.
McKendry and his colleagues have identified the following benefits of the chemicalfree TANCS steam vapor intervention:
"We are deeply impressed and convinced that the cleaning process can affect student health, attendance and learning," proclaims McKendry. "TANCS steam vapor, among the many other measures we have taken to achieve environmental excellence, has made our school environment better and safer for everyone."
Praise Of Green Ribbon Schools
"Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs and provide healthy learning environments."
Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011.
Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating "green" environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.
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