College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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P R O D U C T S T H AT W O R K ADVANCED VAPOR TECHNOLOGIES {what's new & noteworthy} Green Ribbon School Uses Steam Vapor T HE HAWAII PREPARATORY Academy (HPA), in Waimea (Kamuela) on the island of Hawaii, founded in 1949, is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12. According to the U.S. Department of Education, HPA was one of only two schools throughout the state of Hawaii, and one of only 78 schools nationwide in the U.S., to receive the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) award in recognition of their accomplishments toward saving energy, reducing costs, featuring environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protecting health, fostering wellness, and offering environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. "TANCS Steam Vapor has helped HPA meet the GRS criteria as an award-winning school because it cleans and disinfects without the use of harsh chemicals; reduces manpower; reduces the spread and growth of mold, mildew, and germs; and helps protects persons with sensitivities and allergies," says Robert McKendry, CPA, chief financial officer, HPA. HPA started using Advanced Vapor Technology's TANCS steam vapor in 2007, and applications now include all campus restrooms, showers, dorm rooms, infirmary, guesthouses, and classrooms. Widespread adoption has resulted in reduction of toxic chemistries, and significant cost savings. "In 2008, we spent $3,800 on disinfectant cleaners, and now our usage — and related expense — of such harsh chemistries is basically zero," McKendry notes. McKendry and his colleagues have identified the following benefits of the chemicalfree TANCS steam vapor intervention: • Areas are now much easier to clean; • Mold and mildew in shower areas are not growing back as fast; • Appearance of shower tiles and grout have improved greatly; • Chrome sink faucets/fi xtures are now disinfected and gleam brightly; • Toilets, urinals, and divider walls are sanitized and do not smell as before; • Mattresses are devoid of dust mites and bed bugs — surfaces are disinfected, unstained, and deodorized. CPM JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 43

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