Sustain DCSD

November 2015

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DCSD Schools in Colorado Parent Mag!

This month's Colorado Parent: Education Guide features the green initiatives of Larkspur Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Northridge Elementary, and Pioneer Elementary in an article called The Little Green Schoolhouse. Check it out!

NWF recently partnered with TIAA-CREF for one of its 2015 employee service days, helping Pine Lane with their garden project by assisting teacher Margaret Condron, her students and parents build a new 30-foot-by-30-foot garden.

Tell your parents about Raising Eco-Kids Nov. 16th!

Monday, Nov. 16th, 10:30-11:30am

312 Cantril Street

Castle Rock, CO

Who? Parents who want to know how to help their kids and schools implement easy sustainable strategies, and who want a waste-free lunch kit!

What? Workshop

Where? eDCSD Colorado Cyber School

Why? Research shows that students engaged in hands-on applied and real world aspects of environmental education perform better on most measures of student success (Eco-Schools USA). In addition to academic outcomes, green initiatives impact the budget all while creating healthier learning environments for our kids. Being green doesn’t mean you have to go off the grid. We can save money and the environment by changing little things: we can turn off lights when we aren’t using them; we can print less and recycle what we do print; we can use reusable containers for lunch; we carpool, walk, and ride bike when it makes sense. Come learn how you can help kids, schools, and your own family become more eco-friendly with simple strategies to incorporate into your busy lifestyle.

Email for a flyer to send home to parents. Participation includes a waste-free lunch kit!

Register here!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Incentive Program 15-16

We will release the 2015-2016 incentive program in mid-November through this newsletter, so stay tuned!

Deadline for Steering Committee Nov. 6!

The Sustainability Steering Committee is charged with advising the Office of Sustainability on matters pertaining to district sustainability programming. The Steering Committee will meet once per semester (once in the fall and once in the spring). By participating on the committee, you agree to attend two meetings for the 15-16 school year.


1. Advance sustainable practices at schools and district buildings to make sustainability integral to the fabric of DCSD.

2. Develop and maintain a vision for sustainability district-wide.

3. Facilitate the sharing of best practices across stakeholders.

Apply by November 6 by submitting the following information to

  • Name
  • Title
  • School Name or District Department
  • Why you would like to be member of the Committee (no more than 200 words)
  • Description of your current role and work in sustainability (no more than 200 words)
Environmental Scholarship for MS & HS Students

The GreenAllies Challenge is a national scholarship competition for middle and high school students. The winner of the Challenge will get a $1,000 scholarship, and $1,000 to continue their project!

WM Seeking PT Education Contractor

Do you have a strong commitment to sustainability and a passion for education? Are you interested in helping youth and adults learn how to “think green”? You may be the right person to help us expand our community education efforts and develop the next generation of recyclers.

Waste Management has a national goal of tripling the amount of recyclables managed from eight million tons annually to more than 20 million tons by 2020. Education is key to achieving this goal. In the last three years, we have grown the Four Corners Area education program substantially, reaching more than 30,000 people annually. We are looking for an energetic and outgoing Education Contractor to help us continue to engage youth and adults through experiential-based learning opportunities such as tours, classroom presentations and community programs.

Opportunity: We are seeking a Part-time Education Contractor to support our efforts in the Denver Metro area approximately 15-25 hours per week. This is a contract position that will be paid on an hourly basis ($15/hour). Some weekend and evening hours may be required. You will need to travel in your own vehicle to and from local sites; mileage will be reimbursed.

Our ideal candidate will have teaching experience, the ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, and a personal interest in recycling. We will train you on the details but you have to bring the passion. A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study or at least three years working with youth of various ages is a definite plus. This is an active position with lots of walking and standing. You must be able to push, pull, drag or lift at least 30 lbs.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work closely with WM Tour Coordinator; maintain regular communication regarding scheduling of tours/presentations
  • Conduct facility tours at Recycling Education Center, MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) and landfill; maintain working area at Education Center
  • Conduct education activities (on/off site) and support community-based outreach events. These may include giving classroom presentations, attending Family Nights with community partners, attending community events as required by our municipality contracts, and attending speaking engagements with customers/potential customers.
  • Support research, development and implementation of education programming
  • Work closely with volunteers and interns
  • Assist the Four Corners Community Relations and Communications team on specific projects, as needed Interested?

To apply for this unique opportunity, email your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by November 20, 2015.

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Repreve Recycling Challenge!

A National elementary Repreve ® + Marvel Universe LIVE! recycling challenge is taking place in the Denver Metro area January 8 to January 22. Schools will participate in a 2 week recycling challenge, collecting as many plastic bottles as possible.

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL IN THE REPREVE RECYLCING CHALLENGE BEGINNING DECEMBER 11! Show your students how they can make a difference by recycling.

  • Raise funds for your school through the sale of branded T-Shirts
  • Learn how cool products are made out of recycled materials through Scholastic ® published curriculum
  • Win tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE! performances and Repreve-based apparel for students at the winning schools

Don’t let your school miss out on the fun! Register at beginning December 11. Registration closes December 18.

Online registration and bottle tracking allows for easy sign-up, school participation, and real-time display of competition standings. Automated delivery of campaign materials to each school makes program awareness and promotion seamless.

If you have any questions about the program, please email

Tool Library!

We maintain a few tools that you can “check out” to facilitate your sustainability initiatives.

  • Light Meters: These are used as you conduct your energy audit to discover whether the rooms in your school are maintaining appropriate lighting levels.
  • E-Meters: For students to measure how much energy individual appliances are using.
  • Scales: For use during waste audits, you can check one out to help weigh each waste stream.

Just email us at to check out a tool!

Collaboration Station

Ever wondered what other schools are doing? Check out the Sustainability Program. Share your own story and get ideas from others!

If you aren't able to access it, just email us and we will invite you to the folder.

DCSD Sustainability & Energy Management

For all you DCSD folks (sorry community partners, this is internal-only!), check out our internal website where we are compiling resources, how-tos, and guides to sustainability and energy management at DCSD.

Finally, like Sustain DCSD on Facebook and follow @SustainDCSD on Twitter. We would like to highlight the amazing work you are all doing through social media and this newsletter, so share your stories and pictures and tag us whenever you can.