Jonathan Montessori School (JMS) in Chaska has completed phase one of its transition from incandescent light bulbs to LED lighting.

“JMS works to instill the love of learning not just now, but throughout a child’s life,” stated Chris Donato, JMS board president, in a press release. “By reducing the amount of energy needed to light the building, we’re also creating a better world for them to do that in.”

According to General Electric’s Eco-Energy Estimator, phase one of the project will reduce CO2 air emissions by 34,251 pounds, reduce coal consumption by 16,005 pounds and save four acres of forest every year.

JMS is working toward phase two of its lighting project and is also looking into water conservation, reducing landfill waste, heating/cooling efficiencies and enhanced environmental landscaping, according to the press release.

JMS, at 112090 Hundertmark Road, teaches kids from infant to kindergarten. More info at 952-448-5232, or

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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