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“We feel it is very important to report how we were able to reduce both waste and save money by the use of the StyroGenie. At Briargrove, we used information along with our other eco-successes in our school’s application to become a Green Flag National Wildlife Federation Eco-School… the first elementary school to receive the "green flag” award in HISD.” --Rebecca Luman P.E., LEED AP BD+C Parent Advisor, Kids for Saving Earth Club, Briargrove Elementary School, HISD PTO Community Service & Sustainability Advisor, Briargrove ES

“Pershing went from using approximately 30 trash bags a day to about 10 once they began using the StyroGenie,” said Kim Urban, who oversees the StyroGenie program for HISD. “That’s a significant savings of labor when considering the number of garbage bags that aren’t being hauled to the dumpster. In addition, we see a substantial savings in solid waste hauling and garbage costs. The intangible savings are those being done to the environment by the reduction of carbon emissions and the significant reduction of what these schools are putting into the landfill.” --Kim Urban, HISD

US Green Building Council Characteristic of a Green Institution

USGBC has identified (13) characteristics of a green institution. FSS waste reduction and recycling program for polystyrene foam and food waste, meets 8 of the 13.
Conserves energy and natural resources (less fossil fuel, no dishwasher/water)
Saves taxpayer money (saves waste removal cost, no need for high cost alternative products)
Improves indoor air quality
Removes toxic materials from places where children learn and play
Employs day lighting strategies and improves classroom acoustics
Employs sustainable purchasing and green cleaning practices
Improves environmental literacy (educational tool, S.T.E.M. programs, Green Teams)
Decreases the burden on municipal water and wastewater treatment (No Dishwashing)
Encourages waste management efforts to benefit the local community & region (100% landfill diversion)

Conserves fresh drinking water

Encourages recycling (100% of waste is recycled)
Promotes habitat protection
Reduces demand on local landfills (100% diversion, recycling, resource recovery)