Sustain DCSD

October 2015

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Incentive Program 15-16

Many of you have asked about this year's incentive program. We will release the 2015-2016 incentive program in mid-November. There will be some changes to the program, but you should be able to continue your current activities as planned and weave in the incentive program when it becomes available.

Heritage named one of America's Top 10 Eco-Schools!

Eco-Schools USA engages school communities from coast to coast and from cities to rural communities in creating and implementing healthy solutions for sustainable education. In recognition of the incredible efforts for wildlife protection, sustainability, and environmental education across the nation, National Wildlife Federation is recognizing America’s Top 10 Eco-Schools.

Heritage Elementary promotes sustainability throughout the greater community, hosting events and sharing best practices. Twenty percent of the school’s food is produced locally, and the grounds have a garden and innovation space to immerse students in sustainable learning. They have focused on composting, recycling, and water and energy conservation, but also have a strong health & wellness program, school yard habitat, and a chicken coop. Congrats Heritage Explorers for all your hard work and achieving national recognition!


Building engineers, you rock! As our eyes and ears on the ground, you have been awesome collaborators ensuring we can make our schools as sustainable as possible. You teach our students how to recycle, help us adjust waste and recycling pick ups to meet school needs, and are some of our best sustainability champions out there. Thank you for what you do!

Congrats to this year's Green Up Our Schools grantees!

Green Up Our Schools is a grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs. Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years and personalized assistance achieving their goal. DCSD schools represent 8 out of 11 Green Up schools in Colorado!

  • Cherry Valley Elementary
  • Cougar Run Elementary
  • Eldorado Elementary
  • Pine Grove Elementary
  • Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School
  • Roxborough Intermediate
  • Trailblazer Elementary
  • Wildcat Mountain Elementary

If you would like information when the next round of applications is available, please contact

Call for Steering Committee Members

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)
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Clean Air for Schools Engines Off! (CASEO) Program

The American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC) is excited to again offer the Clean Air for Schools: Engines Off! (CASEO) program. This program helps schools reduce vehicle idling around the perimeter of the school, cutting emissions by an average of 60%!

Selected schools are eligible for a stipend of $500 upon successful implementation of the program. ALAC will provide training, materials and on-going support of the program throughout the school year. Fun and easy-to-use curriculum resources are available, and the school will be able to keep all signage and outreach materials for use in subsequent years.

Contact Britt Coyne at if you are interested in participating!

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!

Parent University: Raising Eco-Kids

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.

Participation includes a waste-free lunch kit!

Register here!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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.