School Sustainability Working Group

  • The Newton Public Schools, through its support of the School Sustainability Working Group (SSWG,) seeks to promote and increase sustainable practices throughout the district. The School Sustainability Working Group includes representation from NPS administration, facilities, educators, school committee members, Whitsons (food service partner), City of Newton Department of Public Works and Department of Sustainability. For more information on SSWG, please download this document: SSWG Purpose, Structure, Objectives, and Timeline.

    The SSWG works to improve sustainable practices in the areas of transportation, energy, recycling, and food service. For more information on initiatives in each issue area, please follow the links below:



    Recycling (visit this page for information on our new textile recycling program with partner, Helpsy.)

    Food Service

    City and district officials work in partnership with Green Newton, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems facing our city and our world, often in collaboration with City government and schools, and with other nonprofits across Massachusetts. Green Newton's School Connections Initiative provides an opportunity for families to collaborate with the district in bringing sustainable practices and environmental education directly into the Newton Public Schools.