Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.

X

Navigate / Profile / Search

Profile

DEPARTMENTS   »   District Operational Services   »   Green Schools Initiative

 

The purpose of the Green Schools Initiative is to reduce the consumption of natural resources, and embed environmental responsibility in the culture of OPS. To date, 100% of the schools/programs and administrative offices participate. Students collect recycling, serve as energy managers, pick up litter, plant trees, and participate in related community events.  After six years, OPS has seen a positive culture change, has dramatically reduced its environmental impact, and has accumulated approximately $7.3 million in cumulative cost reduction and avoidance and avoided the greenhouse gas emissions 74,000 Mt of CO2 equivalent to the emissions produced by burning 395 railcars of coal.

Dr. Turnquist on GSI

"The Green Schools Initiative is motivated by a dedication to sound fiscal and environmental stewardship. It represents a commitment to responsible management of material resources and to the health of the school district as well as the larger community. All members of the OPS family are urged to join together in this initiative out of respect for the environment and a dedication to efficiency in all operational practices."

Dr. Antoinette E. Turnquist
Chief Operations Officer
10
NE Loves Public Schools did a feature film about recycling at Lothrop Magnet.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Lothrop, Green Ribbon School, NE Loves Pubic Schools
Posted in: Awards
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
04
OPS prefer to pick up batteries, aerosol cans, and spent florescent bulbs at the same time to reduce our carbon footprint. Collect the batteries and cans in boxes and store near the bulbs so the technician sees all the recyclable materials.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
17
JP Lord’s Green School Activity, “Panda Power Day” involved all the students and staff.

[Read the rest of this article...]

JP Lord
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
14

Teacher Kristine Denton from Omaha, Neb., to Receive 2014 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

[Read the rest of this article...]

Posted in: Awards, News
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
11
The OPS Supply Division operates a highly successful Surplus Furniture and Equipment Initiative that, during calendar year 2013, provided in excess of 4,800 items to OPS facilities free of charge. 

[Read the rest of this article...]

surplus furniture, surplus equipment, warehouse
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
27
Gateway Elementary was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

[Read the rest of this article...]

North High, LEED, Gateway, USGBC
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
30

In celebration of Earth Day, students from JP Lord made a wonderful display for the main hallway of their school.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
30
Gomez Heritage had a fun filled week of activities for Earth Week 2014.  The week ended with an outstanding carnival.  Read all about the great activities!

[Read the rest of this article...]

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
24
Omaha Public Schools was one of nine districts nationally to receive the Green Ribbon District Sustainability Award.  Fontenelle Elementary School in Omaha was one of 48 U.S. schools recognized for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Posted in: Awards, News
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
26
The comprehensive classroom resource containing fact sheets that introduce students to energy and describe energy sources, electricity consumption, efficiency, conservation, transportation, climate change, and emerging technologies

[Read the rest of this article...]

Energy, NEED, National Energy Education Development
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
Page 3 of 6First   Previous   1  2  [3]  4  5  6  Next   Last   

 

Background

In March 2015, OPS confirmed new goals as part of its Green Schools Initiative, a program designed to guide the reduction of consumption of natural resources at OPS. These goals set targets for resource reduction and track the progress in each goal, which can be viewed on the Dashboard.

Goals

The original goals were either out of date or no longer relevant. Paper and engagement will no longer be tracked.  There is not enough data available to give an accurate representation of paper usage in the District. In addition, the paper ordering is often uneven, with large orders one semester and small ones the next, making it difficult to discern patterns and areas of opportunity for reduction which is a primary reason for tracking a metric. The District has also reached the goal for engagement with all schools having implemented Green Teams.

The table below shows previous goals and new goals. The new goal metrics were chosen with consideration for OPS’ growth and the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award program metrics. The Green Ribbon Award recognizes schools that reduce their environmental impact, improve the health and wellness of schools and occupants, and provide environmental education. OPS won the 2014 District Green Ribbon Sustainability award and four individual schools have earned Green Ribbon awards over the last three years. Showing progress towards these goals illustrates the district’s commitment to resource reduction and improving the health and wellness of the District.

The table below describes the previous goal, the new (or updated goal), and the savings experienced to date. The Emissions goal is new whereas the paper usage and engagement goals are being eliminated. The time frame for each goal is 2019.

OPS Green Schools Initiative Goals and Savings

 

Previous Goal

Savings to date

Current

New Goal

Energy Star

District wide Energy Star rating of 70

$3.9 million in energy costs

District wide Energy Star rating of 62.5

District wide Energy Star rating of 70

Emissions

n/a

36,500 MtCO2 * emissions prevented

1.58 MtCO2 per occupant per year in emissions

1.36 MtCO2 per occupant per year in emissions

Water Consumption

District average of 11.1 million gallons per month

n/a

2,469 gallons per occupant per year

2,400 gallons per occupant per year

Recycling

34,000 cubic yards of recycling

$47,000 in avoided costs

24% of District waste diverted to recycling

30% of District waste diverted to recycling

Waste Reduction

110,000 cubic yards of waste per year

(see above)

(see above)

(see above)

Paper Usage

7,300 cases purchased per year

n/a

8,150 cases purchased per year

n/a

Engagement-Green Teams

100% of schools with Green Teams

n/a

100% of schools with Green Teams

n/a

* MtCO2 stands for metric tons of carbon dioxide, a common metric to measure greenhouse gas emissions.

Potential Impact

If OPS were to meet the goals above, it would have the following impact each year:

  • The emissions reduction equivalent of removing 1,900 passenger cars from the road
  • Saving 1.4 million gallons of water
  • Diverting 8,000 cubic yards of waste to recycling