April 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
10910 State Route 108
Ellicott City
MD 21042-6106 US

Baltimore Lean

(supported by LCI National Captial Region Community of Practice)

Date: Friday,
April 28, 2017

Time: 9:00
am to 10:30 am

Howard County Public School System Board of Education Central Office
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Join us for another successful Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors!  Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community.  We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey.  No previous Lean experience is required.

Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group.  Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics.  Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly.  Participants will receive 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic.  After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue.  Thumbs up equals 4 more minutes on the clock.  This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction.  Takeaways are considered and then the topic with the next largest amount of votes is addressed.

Come as you are and be ready to learn.

Attendance is free of charge.

Please join us between 8:30 am – 9:00 am to socialize about Lean and grab your coffee before the structured program begins at 9:00 am.

Parking Information: HCPSS will also be offering a Net Zero tour of Wilde Lake Middle School immediately following the meeting from 11:00-11:30 am, at: 10481 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

Baltimore Sun article on this project: Click Here

Excerpts from WBAL and Baltimore Sun:

The school costs almost nothing to operate …as a net-zero energy school, and it is the only one of its kind in the state. 

“Over the course of the entire year, the net gain or the net use of energy is actually quote unquote zero,” said Scott Washington, director of school construction.

The roof holds 1,400 solar panels and another 600 panels collect sunlight from the ground…

Construction of the school was aided by a $2.7 million grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Students can actually check on the school’s electricity production in real time. There’s an “energy kiosk” in the main hallway that displays how the building is performing.

Science teacher Doug Spicher is already using the system as a teaching tool. The panels feed data into a graph that shows how much energy is being used and produced at any given time, he said.

“When I showed them this week, they’re like, ‘Wait a minute, why aren’t we producing more electricity?'” he said. Then he gestured to the rain outside his classroom window. “We talked about the cloud cover, whereas last week, when it was a much sunnier week, more was produced.”