Sustain DCSD

April 2015

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Earth Month Edition

April is a very busy time for sustainability. From Waste Free Lunches to school-wide recycling campaigns to garden planning, there are so many ways DCSD schools are honoring Earth Day. Let us know how we can help you make it the best Earth celebration yet! In this issue, you will find info on a meeting for DCSD sustainability teachers, shout-outs to MVE, TRHS, and FCE for awesomeness, workshops about Eco-Schools and school gardens, and of course info on the resources we have available to you. Happy Earth Month!

DCSD Sustainability Teachers' Network

Thursday, April 2nd, 4:30-6pm

880 Castleton Road

Castle Rock, CO

Join us and your eco-minded colleagues at The Rockyard for a happy hour to celebrate our successes and get together before the garden season hits in full force. Everyone is welcome!
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Mountain View Elementary: A Waste Audit with 1st Graders!

A huge shout out to MVE's teachers, staff, parents, principal, and building engineer for tackling a school-wide waste audit conducted by 1st graders! It was an ambitious and highly successful project. They discovered a lot of plastic snack baggies that inspired them to take action. Did you know that plastic sandwich/snack bags, plastic grocery bags, bread/produce bags, newspaper bags, etc. are fully recyclable? While they are not allowed in our Waste Management Single-Stream Recycling, they are recycled along with plastic grocery bags. MVE will now collect plastic bags at school and a parent volunteer will take them to the local grocery store plastic bag recycling drop-off. Great job MVE!

Fox Creek Elementary Receives Green Flag Award!

Congratulations to Fox Creek Elementary, who was awarded the Eco-Schools USA Green Flag for Exceptions "Green" Achievement! FCE was recognized with Eco-Schools' highest honor through the work of student-driven teams dedicated to healthy living, energy reduction, and waste and consumption.


To win the Green Flag, FCE's students, teachers, and staff tackled a host of sustainability initiatives that began with forming an Eco-Action Team; auditing facility energy efficiency, waste disposal, and healthy living; and instituting environmental-themed curricula. Great job FCE!

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ThunderRidge High School's plastic bottle greenhouse

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WORKSHOPS

Eco-Schools USA Workshop

Monday, April 20th, 4:30-7:30pm

10881 Riva Ridge Drive

Parker, CO

  • FREE training, online program and resources
  • Open to educators, school staff, parents, and volunteers
  • Bring a re-useable mug, we will provide a light dinner
  • Learn about the four Green Flag schools in Douglas County SD
  • Apply for a $250 seed grant
  • Learn more at www.Eco-SchoolsUSA.org


Please RSVP to sullivanc@nwf.org with your name and school info.


Why be part of Eco-Schools USA?

  • Follow a step-by-step framework to implement sustainable practices
  • Choose your own pathways to success
  • Support student engagement and academic achievement
  • Foster environmental stewardship
  • Share ideas and connect with other schools
  • Earn awards to mark your achievements


Benefits of the Eco-Schools Program:

  • Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
  • Leads to financial savings for schools
  • Decreases the school's carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
  • Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
  • Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship
  • Increases parental involvement
  • Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities
  • Develops national and international links


Come learn more about how through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, Eco-Schools combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, facilities and the curriculum. Learn how you can apply what you’ve done with Project Learning Tree, Green Ribbon Schools, and other green programs to Eco-Schools USA and how you can use our program to continue the green momentum at your school!

Plot Planning & Spring Planting

Thursday, April 16th, 5:30pm

1031 33rd Street

Denver, CO

Planning a garden with students is a great way to encourage creativity and enthusiasm for the upcoming growing season. In this workshop, we will explore best practices for planning and planting plots within school gardens. Participants will design and take home a personalized planting plan for their school garden.


Lessons in this unit include: Spring Planting and Signs of Spring


Cost: $20. The fee for this workshop covers the cost of materials. Seed packets will also be available for participants to take home with them. Full and partial scholarships are available upon request.


More information can be found at http://dug.org/educator-workshop-april.

Resources

Sustainability Program "Meeting Space"

Don't forget to use the Sustain DCSD collaborative space on Google Drive called Sustainability Program. If you aren't able to access it, just email us and we will invite you to it. In it, you will find:


  • Open Discussions - This is our meeting space! We want all of you to post your questions, concerns, problems, and solutions in here so that we can learn from each other. There are so many amazing initiatives all around the district, and it will be great to be able to reach out to one another!
  • Eco-Schools - Here is some information on their auditing process.
  • Elementary Schools, High Schools, and Middle Schools - You will find your school name in each of these files. These are meant for you to share photos (make sure you have media releases from all students!), success stories, data, project outlines, anything you want us and other schools to know about your programs.
  • Incentive Program FY 14-15 - This is everything you need to know about this year's Energy, Waste and Consumption, and Behavioral Incentive Program. Be sure to register every year in order to participate.
  • Sustainability Updates - This is where the District Sustainability Team will share updates with you and file our newsletters.
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