About Us

Our Vision

Every Boston Public Schools student will attend a healthy and sustainable school.

Our Focus

Climate & Energy



Environmental Justice


Green Buildings

Healthy School Environment

Outdoor Education



Zero Waste

2017-2018 Priorities

1. Water

2. Zero Waste

3. Healthy School Environment

4. Outdoor Classrooms

5. Climate & Energy


  • Building Services maintains and operates BPS buildings and grounds, and includes Custodial Services, Grounds Services, Equipment Repair Services, and Materials Distribution.

  • Sustainability & Environmental Resources supports Building Services and manages the Energy and Environmental Divisions, while providing strategic planning, implementation, reporting, and communications for BPS in the areas of water, zero waste, climate and energy, green buildings, healthy school environment, outdoor classrooms, and sustainability engagement.

  • The 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. The Energy Division projects, monitors, and analyzes utility usages and costs, and reports this information on a monthly and annual schedule to BPS leadership.

  • The Environmental Division is responsible for monitoring the environmental quality of BPS buildings and properties, with an emphasis on improving air quality within classrooms, utilizing simple integrated pest management (IPM) techniques, managing asbestos, and testing all water sources used for drinking, food preparation, or medical services.


Late 1980s: Paper recycling program begins within BPS.

1995-2013: Boston Schoolyard Initiative transformed 88 asphalt parking lots into beautiful schoolyards and 32 outdoor classrooms with vegetable gardens and hands-on nature elements for learning and safe, healthy play.

2000: BPS recycling center at opened with polystyrene & cardboard recycling equipment.

2009: BPS Recycling Committee founded.

2011- 2016: BPS was one of two districts in the U.S. to be chosen to host a Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow from the U.S. Green Building Council. Phoebe Beierle served as the UTC Fellow from 2011-2013 and the BPS Sustainability Manager from 2014-2016.


Facilities Management
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 02125