APS recognizes the importance of being active stewards in protecting our environment and promoting sustainability throughout our district. We are committed to energy and environmental conservation incorporating sustainability goals into our daily instruction and school operations. We aim to minimize our carbon footprint and emissions and invite our community to join us in this partnership.
"We are focused on providing a cleaner environment for the future of our students as well as increasing their environmental awareness through instruction," said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy.
Ready, Set, Go - Green Action Awards!
Arlington Public Schools Superintendent’s Advisory
Committee on Sustainability is seeking applications for a new annual
recognition program, the Green Action Awards program. The theme for 2015-2016
The committee is seeking outstanding examples of
school-based projects that are focused on energy conservation, energy
efficiency or renewable energy. Submit your lesson plan, project, or club
activity to be recognized for a Green Action Award. Projects for grades
pre-K-12 are eligible and must have been completed in either the 2014-15 or
2015-16 school years.
Applications must include an overview of the project’s
learning objectives, engagement, environmental impact, and effect on the health
and wellness of students and staff.
The online application
must be completed by midnight on February 26.
AETV's Green Scene
To highlight sustainability efforts by our students and staff, Arlington Educational TV (AETV) has created a TV series called "The Green Scene". Please take a moment to enjoy some of the videos.
Getting Ready For Winter
As we enjoy the last days of fall and the days get shorter, we should start preparing our homes for winter. Some of the simplest solutions are also the least costly starting with caulking. Here are some helpful tips for the winter season.
- Check for air leaks in your home around windows, door frames and even outlets to see if any repairs need to be made. Caulking and weather stripping these areas will prevent air from coming into your home. Heat escaping is money out the window.
- Purchase a programmable thermostat if you don't have one. A programmable thermostat will save you money on your heating and cooling bills by allowing you to set back temperatures when you're away from home or when you're asleep.
- If you have ceiling fans, reverse the direction and run your fan at a slow speed in a clockwise direction. This will push the hot air that rises downward to keep spaces warmer.
- Make sure you have your furnace inspected annually before the heating season begins.
- When purchasing new heating equipment or any new appliance, look for the Energy Star label.
- Dirty filters prevent proper air flow throughout your home and can also cause indoor air quality issues. Continue to change your filters monthly.
- Now's a good time to try out an LED bulb. Purchase one to try in an area that is hard to reach and see how they perform. Traditional incandescent lamps only use 10% of its energy as visible light; 90% of the energy is wasted heat. Prices are attractive for LED bulbs.
- Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees and make sure to insulate it. Insulate the pipe that leads from the water heater at least 5 feet. You can save 7-11% of your water heating costs.
- Unplug all electronics and chargers when they are not being used. Phantom power will add up over time.
- If you have South or West facing windows, raise your blinds or open your curtains to let the warm sun in during the day.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.