APS takes a greener path

Atlanta Public Schools has embraced plenty of green initiatives, such as schoolyard gardens and outdoor classrooms. Last year, Springdale Park Elementary opened as the first APS facility to seek LEED certification. By the way, Springdale Park will be honored during a ceremony at City Hall tonight by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

But APS plans to do even more for the environment. The APS Facilities Services Department has launched a Green Awareness Campaign with the goal of creating awareness for green initiatives around the district. The program kicks off today with a paper recycling program.

Over the next couple of weeks, representatives from the Energy and Environmental Services Department will place blue recycling containers in common areas throughout the Center for Learning and Leadership building, year-round school sites, as well as designated summer school sites.

The Valerie Dial Thomas Facilities Service Center also will be included in the initial distribution. The program will progressively roll out to the entire district during the 2010-11 academic year. This exciting new program will partner with school-based recycling programs throughout the district.

It’s just one more example of how Atlanta Public Schools is Making a Difference in the lives of its students — and the planet!

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