APS and the Environment

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.

Summer is Here – Remember to Keep Your Cool

APS and the Environment


Summer is here and the excitement of camps and vacation are upon us. As the weather gets hotter, remember there are still ways to save energy and keep your cool.



  1. Continue to change your air conditioning filters monthly. Dirty filters prevent proper air flow throughout your home and can also cause indoor air quality issues.
  2. On beautiful days hang your laundry outside on a line to dry.
  3. As the evenings cool down, start up your grill and enjoy your meals outdoors. Turn off the hot oven or stove and head outside.
  4. If your home has a ceiling fan switch it on when you are home to move the cool air around.
  5. Now that we have more daylight, enjoy the sun and use it as much as possible at home leaving the lights off as long as you can.
  6. 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.
  7. Make sure to keep your windows and doors closed when your air conditioner is running. It’s too expensive to cool the outside.
  8. If you have many South or West facing windows, close your blinds or drapes during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun from heating these areas.
  9. When purchasing new cooling equipment look for the Energy Star label.
  10. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

Please visit this page for additional energy saving tips.

AETV’s Green Scene

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.

Arlington County’s Energy Lending Library

APS Goes Green - green-plug


Plug into the first Energy Lending Library in the country offered by Arlington County. The collection includes thermal imaging cameras, energy meters and books that will help residents identify areas of energy waste in their homes. The Energy Lending Library was created by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) in partnership with Arlington Public Library.