By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post
Lebanon Schools Special District is going green, and the changes have already begun, said Assistant Director of Schools Randall Hutto.
All of the schools have been working to recycle paper since 2007, but this spring a systemwide contest really brought in the paper, a total of 106,880 pounds of it in one month.
That is compared to 89,599 pounds during the entire 2008 calendar year, Hutto said. And the paper drive is just the beginning.
All five schools also participated in the first annual Litter Challenge last fall with the Lebanon Beautification Committee. The five schools in the LSSD are Sam Houston, Byars Dowdy, Coles Ferry Elementary Schools, Castle Heights Upper Elementary School and Walter J. Baird Middle School.
Two of the schools are already using green/environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals, and the system is working to become more energy efficient in every way they can.
Hutto said he has applied for stimulus funds that would allow LSSD to replace lighting, heating and air units and hot water boilers with more efficient equipment.
The system also plans to install diesel oxidation catalysts on all of its buses and hopes to set up chemical free water treatment and to capture rainwater for irrigation, he added.
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