Inspired custodian keeps things “green” at Springfield elementary school

Guy Lee Elementary School custodian Bradley Barnhart has established a reputation for himself. During his nearly three years at the west Springfield school, Barnhart, 42, has cut in half how much garbage students and staff generate each week.

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Barnhart volunteers for several hours each week to lead the school’s “Green Team,” an after-school club for fourth- and fifth-graders who brainstorm ways to reduce waste, conserve energy and reuse materials in the school.

So far, Barnhart has secured nearly $5,000 in grants and award money for the Green Team and the school. He writes applications for grants and contests during his own time.

“I keep looking for stuff,” Barnhart said. “A lot of people don’t even bother trying. Read more…

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