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.
National Bike and Walk To School Day - Wednesday, October 7th
Help us Celebrate National Bike and Walk To School Day on Wednesday, October 7th. Rain date is Wednesday, October 14th. Join our families as we partner with BikeArlington and WalkArlington to find healthy, alternative routes to school.
E-CARE Event Coming Saturday, October 31st
Arlington County Government will hold its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) Saturday, October 31st from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 South Old Glebe Road. At the event, Arlington residents may safely dispose of hazardous household materials and recycle bicycles, small metal items, shoes, clothing and more. Participants will also be able to swap out one old CFL light bulb for a new LED one. For more information on E-CARE, please visit https://recycling.arlingtonva.us/events/e-care-fall-2015/.
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.
As we enjoy these beautiful, breezy days and welcome the crisp, fresh air there are ways we can begin preparing our home for the Fall and Winter season. Now is a good time to take an inventory of your home and see what repairs can be made to make sure we keep the cold weather where it belongs - outside. Here are some helpful tips.
- 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.
- On beautiful days hang your laundry outside on a line to dry.
- In the evenings, start up your grill and enjoy your meals outdoors. Turn off the oven or stove and head outside.
- If your home has a ceiling fan turn it on to move the fresh air around your rooms.
- Try an LED light bulb. Swap out an incandescent bulb for a more energy efficient LED bulb. LEDs have come down greatly in price.
- 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.
- When purchasing any new appliances look for the Energy Star label.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
You may find more energy saving tips on our site
or from the Federal Energy Management Program for your home