Climate & Energy

The BPS Energy Division utilizes Building Management Systems to monitor and manage all BPS building utilities, and to find efficiency and conservation opportunities while balancing occupancy comfort levels.

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City of Boston Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan serves as Boston’s blueprint for reaching its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and carbon neutral by 2050.

Carbon Free Boston

Carbon Free Boston is an initiative to prepare the City to go carbon neutral by 2050.

Climate Ready Boston

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare the City of Boston for climate change.

Zero Waste Boston

Zero Waste Boston is an initiative to transform Boston into a zero waste city through planning, policy, and community engagement.

TAKE ACTION

  • Interested in serving as your school’s Energy Conservation Coordinator? Fill out the BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools Interest Form and Katherine Walsh will contact you with next steps.

    Thank you for your leadership!

  • View live BPS energy and water usage at the BPS Energy & Water Usage Dashboard.

    Contact BPS Senior Energy Technologist Elie Nassif, enassif@bostonpublicschools.org or 617-635-9000 ext 41372, to request a school energy or water report.

  • Efforts to conserve electricity and water in all schools is essential to managing the escalating costs of utilities and creating a healthy school environment. The Boston Public Schools Energy Division has steadily decreased utility consumption in our schools through increased monitoring, equipment upgrades and repairs, and the sharing of energy and water conservation tips with school staff.

    Your partnership is vital to the success of these efforts.

    Start by posting the “8 Simple Tips” BPS Energy & Water Conservation poster throughout your school! Email Katherine Walsh for hard copies.

    Please note the following measures should be implemented in every building, measures which will have a significant effect on reducing our utility consumption and costs, and improve a healthy school environment:

    1. Turn off lights when leaving a classroom, office, gym, assembly hall, etc.
    2. When possible, turn off classroom/office lights and maximize the use of natural light.
    3. Turn off computers and printers when not in use.
    4. Keep fire doors and all exterior doors closed at all times. When possible, keep classroom and gym doors closed.
    5. Keep windows closed during the heating season.
    6. During night school activities and building cleaning operations, light only those areas in use.
    7. Building thermostats will be kept at 68 degrees during school hours.
    8. Domestic hot water temperatures will be kept at 110 degrees.
    9. Report any water leaks to the Facilities Management plumbing supervisor.
    10. Do not block any unit ventilators or heating elements.
    11. Only 3-prong extension cords shall be used, for safety reasons.  These cords shall not be extended through doorways or in egress paths to prevent tripping hazards.
    12. Any cooking of food must be supervised at all times to prevent fire hazards.

    IMPORTANT: PERSONAL APPLIANCES (MICROWAVES, HEATERS, COFFEE MAKERS, ETC.) ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE CLASSROOMS FOR FIRE SAFETY AND PEST REASONS. ANY SUCH APPLIANCES FOUND IN CLASSROOMS MUST BE REMOVED. PLEASE REMIND ALL STAFF NOT TO BRING IN PERSONAL APPLIANCES AGAIN FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR.

    Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to save resources throughout the Boston Public Schools.

    Download the BPS Energy and Personal Appliances Memo

  • Boston Public Schools participates in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and City of Boston’s program to reduce BPS Demand Capacity Load during the New England grid-wide peak demand times.

    Typically, grid-wide peak occurs once or twice per year, for one (1) hour in July or August. Participation requires shutting down Air Conditioning and Ventilation (only) at community schools for that one-hour period, thus reducing BPS electricity demand during the critical grid-wide peak demand time. Because BPS Energy Division usually receives an alert notifying us of the expected peak hour, we pre-cool or pre-heat the buildings in order to minimize the impact of the HVAC shut down during that one hour.

    Each year, when the New England electric grid experiences the highest hour of demand throughout the region, the grid operator measures electric use from large consumers such as City of Boston. These measurements are called a building’s “capacity tag”, or how much that building contributed to the need for additional generating capacity across the grid. A building’s capacity tag from one year sets that customer’s capacity cost for the entire following year at a rate of about $10 per kilowatt.

    Please contact BPS Senior Energy Technologist Elie Nassif with any questions, enassif@bostonpublicschools.org or 617-635-9000 Ext 43172.

  • In 2017, BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools selected 16 schools to pilot BPS participation in the Arc + Schools Program. Arc is a web-based tool that tracks a building’s performance in energy, waste, waste, transportation, and human experience. Arc enables BPS to track and analyze these already-existing data sets in one platform, benchmark the data, and develop SMART district sustainability goals. Arc also provides students with hands-on-learning experiences related to data collection, data analysis, sustainability, and benchmarking.

    • Pilot schools:
      • Alighieri Montessori
      • Boston Adult Technical Academy
      • Boston Community Leadership Academy
      • Boston Green Academy
      • Boston Latin School
      • Haynes Early Education Center
      • Lee Academy Pilot School
      • Lyndon
      • Madison Park
      • Margarita Muniz Academy
      • Perkins Elementary
      • Quincy Upper
      • Warren-Prescott
      • Holden
      • Washington Irving Middle School
      • Young Achievers

    Please contact Katherine Walsh if you are interested in using Arc with your students.

  • The Greenovate Boston Leaders Program aims to increase understanding of the climate impacts in Boston and the actions required to mitigate the impacts. We want to involve Bostonians as part of the collective action needed in advancing the citywide initiatives. The program gives you the materials and support you need to lead conversations about climate change and climate action.

    This program is a great opportunity to network with a wide variety of leaders, learn how to format community discussions around climate change, and to make a positive impact on Boston.


    If you are interested in a more intensive program, consider applying to the Ambassador Program, a six-month community engagement, networking, and learning program.

    The Ambassador program is an extension of the Leaders program with a greater emphasis on community engagement in around climate action. This program is open to those interested in doing more projects and initiatives around the intersections of climate change and other social issues. This program will examine the interconnections of climate change and prevalent topics affecting Bostonians, such as housing, food access, and more. With the mindset that climate change is happening now and it has a tangible, observable impact on Boston residents.

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

School activities and resources from Mass Save: Teacher Trainings, Funding, and Lesson Plans.
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
National Grid: Engineering Our Future
Eversource In-School Programs

CONTACT US

Facilities Management
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02125
617-635-9576

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