Sustain DCSD

February 2018 - Part 1

Save the Date: Earth Extravaganza on April 19!

Save the Date for the Earth Week Extravaganza on April 19 from 4pm-7pm, location TBD. Student presentations on sustainability and innovation, eco-minded businesses and organizations, Earthie Awards, and so much fun!

If you would like to host a table, email

New Milk Carton, Same Old Recycle Bin

We heard there was a new milk carton in the cafeteria line up. Have no fear! Nutrition Services double checked with Waste Management to make sure the new milk carton is recyclable. Just empty out the liquid and put in your single stream recycle bin!

Fox Creek ECO Talk - Soil: It's a world of life underground!

7:45-8:25 am

February 9th

Fox Creek Elementary Library

6585 Collegiate Dr

Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Join Fox Creek and The Bees Waggle for an exciting ECO Talk. Philip Taylor of Mad Agriculture will give a talk about creating healthy soil, and what healthy soil needs to stay that way.

Dear Sustainability Community,

I am so grateful to have had the chance to work with such a tenacious and inspiring group of people. Together we have made such a huge difference for our students. After a LOT of soul searching, I discovered that it is time for me to take the next step in professional growth. I have accepted a new position with Arapahoe Community College as the Director of the Bachelor of Applied Science and I will be leaving DCSD soon to take on this new adventure!

The momentum for sustainability is strong because of you: environmental education, food rescue, share tables, energy competitions, chicken coops, and truly innovative programs have taken off. We have award winning teachers and programs, state and national recognition for our work, and outstanding financial savings and reduced environmental impact. When my son starts kindergarten at DCSD in 2019, you will definitely see me greening up my local school :)

Thank you all for your commitment to inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. I am excited to see where you take it from here!


Courtney Kuntz

Building & Site Modification Electronic Request Form

Working on a garden, chicken coop, compost bin, school yard habitat, or other sustainability project? Start with this form! Please call Jesse Downey, Construction Project Manager, at 303-387-0478 if you have any questions.

Heather Berry, Certified Master Environmental Educator

Congratulations to Heather Berry for achieving certification as a Certified Master Environmental Educator in the state of Colorado! This certification is a program of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) and is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

In order to achieve certification, participants completed an extensive portfolio that was assessed by a peer review panel. Applicants were required to demonstrate understanding and skill in environmental literacy, foundations of environmental education, professional responsibilities, planning and implementation, and assessment and evaluation. The panel was thoroughly impressed with the level of knowledge, skill, and professionalism demonstrated throughout Heather's work in environmental education.

Heather teaches AP Environmental Science at Highlands Ranch High School and is a 2017 Apple Award Winner as the Secondary Teacher of the Year. She also serves on the DCSD Sustainability Steering Committee and received the 2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, among so many other awesome achievements. She is also just generally amazing. Great work, Heather!

Green U Resources

Missed Green U? Our rock star presenters graciously shared their presentations and information packets in this drive. Check it out!