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.
In The News
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.
International Walk and Bike to School Day - Wednesday, October 8th
Please join Arlington Public Schools on Wednesday, October 8 (rain date, Wednesday, October 15) as we celebrate our 16th year in participating in the International Walk and Bike to School Day. We are proud to partner with WalkArlington and Bike Arlington to encourage our students, parents, teachers and community members to walk or bike on this day. Please visit Safe Routes to School for more information.
Arlington County holds its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) on Saturday, October 11 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. The event will take place at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. E-CARE is an event where residents may safely dispose of hazardous household materials, recycle bicycles, small metal items, shoes, clothing and much more. Please visit E-CARE for a full list of acceptable items.
Welcome to a New School Year
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.
Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or marital status. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials and extra-curricular activities. Report violations of this policy to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 703-228-6008, or the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 703-228-6110.