• Contact Elie Nassif, 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. 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.

    The partnership of each school community, from administrators to teachers to students, is vital to the success of these efforts. Please note the following measures must be implemented in every building, measures which will have a significant effect on reducing our energy consumption and costs:

    1. Turn off lights when leaving a classroom, office, gym, assembly hall, etc.
    2. Turn of classroom/office lights on sunny days and maximize the use of natural light.
    3. Turn off computers and printers when not in use.
    4. Keep classroom doors, gym doors, fire doors, and all exterior doors closed at all times.
    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 the classrooms will be removed and disposed of by Facilities Management. Please remind all staff not to bring in personal appliances 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 & 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, or 617-635-9000 Ext 43172.

    Download the BPS Peak Energy Demand Pilot Memo.


  • What is IPM?
    IPM is a comprehensive strategy to manage pests using multiple control tactics with the least cost and environmental impact. IPM includes increased monitoring, improving sanitation, eliminating pest harborage sites, and using lowest impact pesticides as necessary.


    • All schools must have an IPM Plan (Indoor & Outdoor) and designated IPM Coordinator.
    • Plans must be registered with the State.
    • Copy of the school plan must be in the main office.
    • State regulation requires all Boston Public Schools to use less toxic pesticides found on the State’s approved list.
    • Pesticides only be applied by a licensed pest control contractor on school property.
    • No School Staff (including Custodial Staff) may apply any pesticides (i.e. weed killer, rodenticide, etc.) on school property.

    Top Five Pests
    1. Mice
    2. Cockroaches
    3. Rats
    4. Bed Bugs
    5. Fruit Flies

    How to Control Pests
    1. Keep them out: Use door sweeps, fill rodent holes, and eliminate rodent pathway areas.
    2. Starve them: Avoid keeping food stored in classrooms. If you must store food, use plastic containers with sealed-tight lids.
    3. Don’t give them a home: Avoid having clutter, clutter provides shelters for pests to hide in or materials for pests to build nests.

    • Clean Water Act Annual Maintenance Program (Lab Wastewater Treatment System Maintenance)
    • NFPA Life Safety Emergency Generator Fuel Tank Inspection and Maintenance Program

Healthy School Environment

  • Clutter can attract pests and dust and take-up valuable school learning, play, and storage space, all of which impacts a healthy school environment. If your school is challenged by clutter, please contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576, to schedule a walk-through and develop a clutter clean-out plan for beautifying the inside of your school.




  • Zero Waste Program and Education
    Contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576, if you have questions about the BPS Zero Waste Program or need educational materials and support.


    If your school needs recycling signage, please complete and submit the Recycling Equipment Request form. BPS Sustainability & Environmental Resources will deliver the signage.


    Download the BPS Zero Waste Program Contacts sheet.

  • BPS OIIT manages the collection of old and recyclable IT equipment such as printers, monitors, computers, and TV’s, and ink and toner cartridges. Complete Form 57 & submit to OIIT. OIIT will schedule a vendor to pick-up the items. 

  • All hazardous waste and universal waste (lamps, batteries, mercury-containing devices, and pesticides) must be labeled according to the type of waste, must be labeled with the date of generation, and must be stored in the school’s accumulation location. Contact Jeff Lane, or 617-293-3898, to schedule a pick-up.

  • Reuse: Books, School and Art Materials, Sports Equipment, etc.
    Contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576, if your school has items such as books, school and art materials, sports equipment, etc. that can be reused, redistributed, or donated.


    All furniture waste must be reviewed by BPS Facilities Management for reuse, redistribution, or proper disposal. Contact Louise Donner, or 617-212-6375, to schedule a furniture review.


    Clothing & Textiles
    Did you know that 95% of worn and torn textiles can be recycled, but 85% ends up in landfills instead? Did you know that a number of our schools have Bay State Textile drop-off containers where you can donate clean and dry textiles?

    Please donate your worn and torn textiles to Bay State Textiles, whose containers can be found at New Mission High School, Mozart Elementary, Ohrenberger School, Kilmer Upper, and Kilmer Lower. BPS will be expanding container locations in fall 2017. If your school is interested in having a Bay State Textile container on school property, contact Katherine Walsh, or 617-635-9576.

  • Recycling Equipment
    If your school needs recycling equipment (boxes, carts, barrels, lids, wheels, or signage), please complete and submit the Recycling Equipment Request form. BPS Warehouse staff will deliver the equipment.


    Single-stream Recycling
    Most plastic, paper, and aluminum products can be recycled and picked up curbside by the Public Works Department. Learn more about what can and cannot be accepted.

    Was your curb-side recycling not picked up? Call City of Boston 311 or report through the 311 App. PWD will be notified immediately of your missed pick-up. Indicate your school, your address, and the issue you had with a missed pick up.

    Contact Wallace Morant, or 617-293-3905, if you have questions or concerns related to the trash and recycling dumpsters at your school.


    Cardboard Recycling
    All corrugated cardboard must be separated from the single-stream recycling, flattened and stacked for pickup. Cardboard is regularly collected by BPS Recycling Staff, separately from PWD’s curbside single-stream pick-up. Contact Conroy Oates, 617-828-0712, if your school needs an additional cardboard pickup or there were issues with the collection.


    Metal Recycling
    Contact Wallace Morant, or 617-293-3905, to recycle metal furniture or scrap items.


    Yard Waste
    Prior to accumulating yard waste, Contact Mike DiAngelis, or 617-293-3883 to schedule a pick-up. All schoolyard waste must be bagged in compostable brown bags or in plastic barrels. All branches need to be cut into small pieces and bundled.


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