ENERGY STAR Challenge Participant Story

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
Jamison, Pennsylvania
Date Joined: April 20, 2011

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) is located in Warwick Township in Jamison, Pennsylvania and is a Career and Technical Education High School accredited through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We are experiencing an increase in interest in training for green careers, not only among our high school students, but also in adults who are seeking to upgrade their skills set or are displaced workers looking to begin a new career in an emerging field.

MBIT promotes our involvement with the ENERGY STAR Challenge through a variety of sources.  We have sent press releases to our local daily and weekly newspapers, as well as the three major television news outlets based in Philadelphia.  We have a page dedicated on our website entitled Memberships & Endorsements, where we highlight our involvement with various organizations and provide links directly to the organizations websites, including the USGBC and the ENERGY STAR Challenge, among others.  In addition, we are planning two large ceremonies for both the groundbreaking for our photo voltaic project as well as the ribbon cutting upon completion.  These events will include our entire student body, faculty, and staff, as well as local, state, and federal lawmakers, and representatives of the press.

In addition to being an ENERGY STAR member, MBIT is a member of the US Green Buildings Council.  Members of the Facility and Instructional Staff in HVAC, Electrical, Carpentry and Drafting have been certified through the Green Advantage Commercial Program.   Our facility has received the ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign Certification.  Our Practical Environmental Landscaping Program is aligned with Pennsylvania State Universitys curriculum, where applied riparian land design, storm water management, and infiltration are included with pesticide and herbicide applications.  The Electrical & Network Cabling and HVAC Technology programs utilize solar and wind trainers for electrical and hot water systems. Additionally, a 580 KWH photo voltaic project is scheduled for completion during the 2011 school year, expanding our educational programs in alternative green industries.

Over 400 business and industry advisors review the schools educational program twice each year. This ensures that we are keeping current with industry trends and need, while also providing a forum to share how we have been able to implement green technologies even in a 144,000 square foot building originally constructed between 1967 and 1969 and encourage those companies to investigate how green technologies can have a positive impact in their businesses. 

Contact Information:
Richard Hansen
215-491-2694 (phone)
rhansen@mbit.org (email)