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  • BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools has 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 will enable BPS to track and analyze these already-existing data sets in one platform, benchmark the data, and develop SMART district sustainability goals.

    • Pilot schools:
      • Alighieri Montessori
      • Boston Adult Technical Academy
      • Boston Community Leadership Academy
      • Boston Green Academy
      • Boston Latin School: Currently working with BLS YouthCAN to pre-pilot so we can provide the best participation experience possible for the other 15 pilot schools.
      • 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

    Interested in serving as your school lead for Arc? Fill out the interest form

  • 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. 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 SAFETY REASONS. ANY SUCH APPLIANCES FOUND IN CLASSROOMS AFTER THIS NOTICE WILL BE REMOVED AND DISPOSED OF BY FACILITIES MANAGEMENT. PLEASE REMIND 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

  • Due to the more than 100% increase (from $6.66/kW/mo to $15/kW/mo in 2017) in the capacity charges for electricity, Boston Public Schools will be participating in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and City of Boston’s 2017 pilot 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. The pilot will require 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 plan to pre-cool the buildings in order to minimize the impact of the HVAC shut down during that one hour.

    The potential savings for participating in the pilot could be as high as $147,000.

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

    Download the BPS Peak Energy Demand Pilot Memo.

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BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools
Facilities Management
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02125
617-635-9576

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