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Just because the Strategic Plan committees are
still working on their plans doesn’t mean Indianapolis Public Schools isn’t
making strides toward increased efficiencies in our operations right now. Our
district recycling program is already producing significant savings!

A major initiative this year pushed recycling
into all our schools, and from May to June, many schools participated in a
Recycle Mania 2015 contest.  That contest yielded over 21,000 pounds of
recycled materials in just that one month!

Kristi Hardin, a Buyer in the Indianapolis Public
Schools Purchasing Department and our district champion for recycling, said IPS has “lowered its carbon footprint and contributed
to the reduction of waste” this year with our recycling initiative.

Hardin also put those most recent Recycle Mania
numbers into perspective. The impact of that effort was equivalent to saving
“173 barrels of oil, 66,565 gallons of water or 45,501 kWh of electricity,” she
said. “That’s enough to power the average home for 1,558 days.” 

Deputy Superintendent for Operations Scott Martin
identified utilities as a “big area under consideration for more efficient
operations.” Savings in that area mean a great deal toward making IPS a more
sustainable organization for all our families.

“For example, for the cost of relamping a gym
with more efficient fixtures, you can save back your money spent in less than
two years. Then your savings just build from there,” Martin said.

Anything like the recycling program that can
create savings and efficiencies in areas like power consumption gets right to
our bottom line and right back into the classroom!

We’re happy that our recycling initiative has
been embraced by our schools and proud of all the steps we’re taking toward
more efficient operations and more resources directed back toward our students!