The Green Team
Welcome to The Green Team!
Administration Building Green Activities
Green Team Leaders: Dana Smith, Greg Mones, and Jake Porter
Green Technology Practices
The FPS Technology Department has a disposal process that is highly environmentally friendly. The state guidelines say that all districts should dispose of equipment with a recycling company/initiative that is certified by the EPA, and we do that through Access Recycling in Springdale. They take our old equipment, and separate the components out according to type, in giant cardboard boxes, then send those boxes off to be melted down/recycled for other materials. (Silicon, Aluminum, Steel, etc.) The monitors are sent off to a separate facility where they are broken down in similar fashion; some of the outer casings are left whole and retrofitted with other working parts to make TVs for third world countries.
Food Services Green Activities
Green Team Leader: Adam Simmons
Farm-to-School Program – This program includes 8 weeks in the Fall and
8 weeks in the Spring at: Washington Elementary, Leverett Elementary, and
This program connects Fayetteville Schools with local farms with the objectives
of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition,
providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime,
and supporting local small farmers. The goal is to develop a healthy, community-based,
community-supported school food system.
Currently we have a service that is picking up 1-5 gallon buckets from school districts and recycling them. They recycle these buckets free-of-charge, however often we need them to pick-up.
Plant Department Green Activities
Green Team Leader: David Tate
Sustainability and “Going Green” are all the rage these days.
Those of us who have a little more mileage on us remember the beginnings of
this movement back in the late 1960s and 1970s with Earth Day and recycling
bottles and cans.
Being environmentally aware went out of style for the masses in the 1980s
and 1990s, but it began to creep back into our collective conscience when
the true impact of our lifestyles on the planet began to become more clearly
known in areas such as global warming, energy shortages, and groundwater contamination.
Today most of us have figured out that each of us should be more responsible
about the trash we create, the energy we use, and our individual impact on
Our district’s Physical Plant Department adopted initiatives in 2000
that focus on energy conservation while achieving a similar outcome. By spending
less on energy, we are able to return those dollars to the academic side of
Space conditioning (heat and air conditioning) is the single biggest consumption
area, but it represents only about 30% of the energy use of commercial buildings.
Most schools and businesses condition their air seven days per week and 24
hours per day. Our schools only operate the air systems when the building
is occupied. Our start time for the optimum temperature for students and staff
is 7:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Special after-hours meetings and programs
can be entered into the energy management system to override the system and
make sure the room is comfortable.
At 25%, lighting plays a much larger role than it does in residential homes.
Lighting is also generally the most inefficient component of commercial use.
A number of case studies indicate that more efficient lighting and eliminating
over-illumination can reduce lighting energy use by as much as 50%.
Replacement of old fluorescent lighting (which, FYI, is four times more efficient
than incandescent) is the standard for our district. New generation fluorescent
lighting with electronic ballasts and T-8 lamps are replacing the old lights
in all our schools.
Buildings designed to allow natural light in every room improve energy consumption,
such as The Owl Creek School, which opened last year. Motion-activated switches
that turn off the lights after no motion is detected for a certain period
of time also help conserve energy.
Two other areas that have resulted in energy savings are in our heating and
cooling systems and exterior windows. Our Physical Plant has made a concerted
effort in the last two years to replace older heating and cooling units throughout
the district with new ones that are 62% more energy efficient. Asbell, Root,
and Woodland schools have had the majority of their exterior windows replaced
with new “Low E” glass that greatly reduces energy loss.
As the new era of sustainability begins, we could take a lesson from Fayetteville Schools Physical Plant Director Fred Turrentine and his staff, who don’t spend a lot of time talking about their energy conservation plans and goals. They’re too busy doing it.
Transportation Department Green Activities
Green Team Leader: Tommy Davenport