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DCSD Sustainability Plans for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Sustainability Steering Committee is excited to bring new initiatives and support to you this year! We will continue to host Green U, Earth Day Extravaganza and are looking forward to offering several new collaboration opportunities. We also want to hear your voice - look for a survey coming your way where you can tell us what supports, programs, encouragement, etc. you would like to see.

Eight DCSD Schools Compete in Renew Our Schools Competition and Reduce Energy Usage by 12%

Douglas County School District was chosen to participate in the annual Renew Our Schools competition last school year. This is a 5-week energy reduction competition run by Resource Central, a Boulder-based non-profit organization. Each year a limited number of schools in one Colorado public school district compete for prizes by analyzing and decreasing energy use both at school and at home. An eGauge was installed at each school which allowed students and teachers to track energy use, analyze high usage areas and implement energy savings based on the results. Congratulations to all Renew Our Schools Participants and a HUGE thank you to Resource Central. Here are the three winners and what they plan on doing with their prizes:

Save the Date! 2018 Community Recycling Event at Castle View High School

Saturday, Sep. 29th, 9am-1pm

5254 North Meadows Drive

Castle Rock, CO

Reycle your old electronics, drop off documents for shredding and donate gently used clothing and shoes at the annual Douglas County Community Recycing Event. Full details here. Adult and student volunteer opportunities available - email sustainability@dcsdk12.org or heather.berry@dcsdk12.org if you would like to help!

The Colorado State University Extension offers a variety of materials, support and expertise to schools in DCSD. In May, the CSU Extension Office offered a chicken workshop where they discussed chicken care, troubleshooting and educating students. Interested in starting a chicken coop at your school? Don't start from scratch! We can help - email sustainability@dcsdk12.org.

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Looking to add an authentic project to your curriculum this year? Consider citizen science!

Citizen Science is a great way to teach student data collection, observation skills, collaboration and an opportunity to gather data that scientists use in a variety of environmental issues. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is looking for citizen scientists to collect data which will allow scientists to determine how far the Japanese Beetle has traveled. This is an a easy project that students at all grades and levels can participate in. Check out the DMNS website for more information.

Welcome Back!

We hope that you are had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some relaxing time off. Please let us know how we can help you as you start the new year - email sustainability@dcsdk12.org



Your DCSD Sustainability Steering Committee:


  • Heather Berry
  • Beth Church
  • Chantel Estes
  • Autumn Rosengren
  • Lori Schwendeman
  • Matthew VanDeusen