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School district wins Excellence in Sustainability Award

October 01, 2009
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BROOKSVILLE, FL — The Hernando County School District recently won the second annual National Environmental Health Association''s (NEHA) Excellence in Sustainability Award for their efforts to promote green living, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
In December 2007, the Hernando County School District was named the greenest school district in the country and won the Green Cleaning Network''s inaugural Green Cleaning Award for schools and universities, the story stated.
The maintenance department helps keep the district on its sustainable path by doing such things as: Maintaining room occupancy sensors; maintaining waterless urinals and low-flow restroom fixtures; installing hand dryers in place of paper towel dispensers; and performing yearly maintenance on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, the story noted.
District Maintenance Director Sean Arnold said: "Everything [in our district] is environmentally focused. I want to make sure our school district is definitely reducing the carbon footprint."
According to the story, recycling is a major part of the district''s sustainable success; more than 250 tons of goods were recycled last year alone.
The efforts by students and staff in the Hernando County School District boil down to one concept: Creating a healthier learning environment, the story added.
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