*Get involved with BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools initiatives by becoming your school’s Zero Waste Coordinator (formerly Recycling Coordinator), or serving on the district’s Healthy School Environment Subcommittee or Zero Waste Committee. Fill out the interest form.

*Start or revive a school zero waste program by following the BPS Zero Waste Policy.

*Incorporate a Healthy School Environment goal into your school’s Wellness Council, based on the Healthy School Environment Section of the District Wellness Policy (page 9). Topics include:

  • Green Cleaners
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Trash and Recycling
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Tobacco Free Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Inspection/Audit
  • Student Safety/Health in School Shops
  • BPS Water Policy
  • Laboratories and Chemical Inventory “Right to Know” Law
  • Idling of buses and other motor vehicles on school property

*Promote the use of green cleaners by following the BPS Green Cleaners Policy.

*Promote energy conservation, fire safety, and pest management by following the BPS Energy & Personal Appliances Memo. Additional requirements and recommendations for integrated pest management can be found at https://bostongreenschools.org/services/ → Environmental Division → Integrated Pest Management.

*Collaborate with Boston Student Advisory Council and Youth on Board on a Meatless Mondays campaign or a Power Down Fridays campaign. Contact BSAC Student Engagement Manager Maria Ortiz at mortiz@bostonpublicschools.org to connect.

*Register your school for The Green Team, “an interactive educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation and pollution prevention. Participating classes receive certificates of recognition and are eligible to win awards.” Nine BPS schools are already participating. Will yours be next?

*Register your school for the OnAir Campaign, “an educational initiative of Green Schools Alliance that inspires students to take actions that improve our air quality.”

*Register a 2017-2018 school effort or volunteer project as a Green Apple Day of Service. Green Apple Day of Service unites parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations for volunteer projects that transform our schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments. If you are planning a school volunteer project, be sure to also register with PartnerBPS.

*Does your school have a clutter problem? Did you know clutter creates asthma triggers, attracts pests, and takes up valuable teaching and learning space? Consider launching a decluttering effort at your school. Mark items “Reuse”, “Recycle”, “Trash”, and “Keep”. Reuse items should be kept within BPS circulation (eg. curriculum, literature books, and school supplies) or donated through policy-approved methods. Work with district leadership and Facilities Management to ensure compliance.  

*Bring teaching outside- use your school’s outdoor classroom! The Boston Schoolyard Initiative offers a number of resources at schoolyards.org to support teachers using the outdoor classrooms. Contact BPS Sustainability & Environmental Resources Manager Katherine Walsh, kwalsh4@bostonpublicschools.org, if your school would like a hard copy of the Outdoor Classroom’s User Guide, Story Book, or Education Program Guide.

*Serve as your school lead for BPS participation in USGBC’s Arc + Schools Program.

  • 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? Fill out the interest form.


BPS Healthy & Sustainable Schools
Facilities Management
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02125