A Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools
Every student in Boston deserves to learn in a space that is safe, healthy, resilient, and inspiring. Yet many of our school buildings lack the basic infrastructure they need—comprehensive heating, cooling, and ventilation systems; clean and functional bathrooms; safe drinking water; libraries or science labs—let alone the technology and resources for a world-class education. We need a large-scale shift in how we manage our Boston Public Schools facilities. To deliver on a quality guarantee, build healthy and nurturing physical environments, and align with our broader civic goals of equity, opportunity, and engagement we need a Green New Deal for BPS.
This is a vision to leverage Boston residents’ expertise, creativity and passion to reimagine our schools as full-service community hubs that can adapt to meet the evolving needs of our students and our City. It’s a commitment to safeguarding the climate resilience of our school buildings, which make up nearly half of City-owned building emissions. And it’s a pledge to listen to our communities—BPS students and families— who have been calling for change for decades.
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DEVELOPING A LONG-TERM FACILITIES ACTION PLAN
We are committed to changing the way we manage and plan for BPS facilities and developing a long-term facilities action plan by the end of 2023. Here’s how we’ll get there:
- We’re using the Racial Equity Planning Tool (REPT), created by BPS in 2017 to analyze how District policies and proposals impact students and communities with the greatest needs. The REPT requires authentic and ongoing engagement of BPS’ diverse stakeholders to empower all members of our school communities.
- We created the Building Dashboard, a dataset built internally that integrates data from the SY22 Opportunity Index and information on each school building’s capital assets and environmental conditions. This dashboard is continually updated by the BPS Facilities team, and has been used to help prioritize current capital investments.
- We contracted with Bureau Veritas Technical Assessments to complete a Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA), a large, detailed dataset of building conditions and set of recommendations for repair, replacement, and renovation. The FCA will be integrated into BPS’ Asset Essentials management system, which tracks all work orders and capital projects, to maintain real-time data on the state of our buildings, offer more transparency for community members, and inform future decisions around capital investment priorities.
- We contracted with DLR Group, Inc., Jonathan Levi Architects, and St. Fleur Communications to complete a School Design Study, a set of programming and design recommendations for PreK-6 and 7-12 schools to guide future renovations and construction, based on authentic engagement with Boston community members. These design standards will reduce the time and expenses required for future school construction and renovation projects, accelerating progress toward our district-wide facilities goals.
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BPS Green New Deal Map
We have a map of capital projects, districtwide initiatives, and past major capital projects from FY14-22.View the map