APS: Natural & Renewable Resources

Weekly Newsletter: May 6th, 2016

Words of Wisdom

Hi all,

Hope you are having a great week!

I've heard my octogenarian grandmother say this a few times in her day:

"Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without."

I think it really hits home to the heart of sustainable practices in our district and our communities in regards to conservation of natural resources and promoting best practices to squeeze out every little bit of something that we use. More than anything, this mantra, if you will, also points to utilizing and realizing the full potential of an item or process through upcycling, reusing, and repurposing.

Of course, many of our students lead the charge for our district to become more "resource conscious." From creating a demonstration of a future city plan out of plastic bottles, to repurposing 55 gallon containers to grow a garden, students across our district have researched the possibilities of potential for everyday items.

Check out some of these projects below!

Energy Conservation needs everyone to participate!! Request a handy dandy flowchart of "Procedures for Temperature Monitoring" for your school today!

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Ugly sweaters are no longer just for the Holiday Parties...

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...

And bring back short sleeve button downs with ties.


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, people. C'mon.

We can do better.

"Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence." - Rep. Tom Allen (Maine)


"Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." -United Nations 1987

  • How do you define sustainability?
  • What do our students think?
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter @apsgreenstars

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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:

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


Natural & Renewable Resources Coordinator

Aurora Public Schools


ext. 28668

Mobile: 720-400-3148