APS: Natural & Renewable Resources

Weekly Newsletter: May 13th, 2016

The #1 thing is to DO ONE MORE THING!

Hi all,

Hope you are having a great week!


I know it can be tough this time of year to put more on your plate...


But if each of us puts forth just one more small act, when multiplied by many, can change the world, or in this case help save our district money and resources!


In case you didn't know, we're wrapping up our final weeks of the Spring Semester's Energy Challenge Competition and we need every one to participate! Less than 20 days left! Below are the standings.


So, please consider flipping that light switch, unplugging that promethean board, and turning off your computers, laptops, ipads, and desktops for the upcoming weekend.

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Energy Conservation needs everyone to participate! Here's what you can do:

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18 days and counting for the Energy Challenge Competition!

Every action counts and this is the last month to save energy and earn cash incentives for your school!


Air conditioning our buildings is a top energy waster and really unnecessary.


BUT, going back and forth between heating and cooling is even worse.

Consider a sweater if your building is too cold...

Or better yet, convince your building to reduce the use of air conditioning by a few degrees.

All of these great efforts add up over time.

More than $500,000 has been calculated in savings for energy conservation and you and your student's efforts are a big contribution!


Buildings account for 38% of the USA's carbon emissions and

air conditioning accounts for nearly 15% of Aurora Public School's utility bills or roughly more than $1.2 million dollars.

$1.2 million dollars for air conditioning?!

We can do better.

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Environmental education (EE) [1] is a life-long learning process that increases awareness about the environment and its systems while developing critical-thinking skills that enable responsible decision-making. EE builds knowledge and skills in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and allows opportunities to apply those skills.


  • How do you define Environmental Education?
  • Could you provide an example of how you've integrated EE in your classroom?
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter @apsgreenstars

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." -Robert Swan

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling is only the beginning!

More than 80% of our district's trash is FOOD WASTE.

New for 2016-2017 is the Composting in the Cafeteria Program and an innovative partnership with We Don't Waste for schools to donate uneaten/unopened food to benefit shelters and food banks.


Interested in becoming a participant in one or both programs? AND badging your students for their efforts and project based learning opportunities?!

Email Julie at jenorth@aps.k12.co.us


See some place based learning programs at Aurora West and how the students took it upon themselves to find a solution:

Reusable Grocery Bags feature APS Student's Art!

Aurora Public Schools partnered with the City of Aurora to roll out the first annual "Let's Keep It Clean" Anti-Litter Campaign Poster Contest.

Fifth grader, Alex S. from Vassar Elementary is the Grand Prize winner and her design will be featured on a reusable bag that you can pick up at locally participating grocery stores around town!


Artwork will be displayed at the Aurora Municipal Building on the 2nd Floor until May 23rd!

Also, the following students are being recognized for their art work:


  • Alex Staton, Vassar Elementary
1st Prize ($75 gift card to Aurora Recreation Centers and design on reusable bag)
  • Taryn Montgomery, William Smith High School
Finalist ($50 gift card to Aurora Recreation Centers)
  • Angela Vargas, Hinkley High School
Finalist ($50 gift card to Aurora Recreation Centers)
  • Zahid Reyes, Fletcher Community School
Finalist ($50 gift card to Aurora Recreation Centers)

Last, but not least...Harvesting Rainwater!

On May 11th, 2016, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law HB 16-1005 making it legal for homeowners to use two rain barrels, with the combine capacity of 110 gallons to capture precipitation from their rooftops for lawn irrigation and gardening use.


Maybe schools aren't far behind...

Here's to another week of project based learning, environmental education, and going green at Aurora Public Schools!

Julie North

Natural & Renewable Resources Coordinator

Aurora Public Schools

jenorth@aps.k12.co.us

ext. 28668

Mobile: 720-400-3148