Sustain DCSD

October 2016

Controls Joins Sustainability!

The Controls Department recently joined forces with the Office of Sustainability! The Controls Department monitors, maintains, updates, modifies, and repairs the DCSD Building Automation System (BAS), including:
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lighting systems

They also assist HVAC techs and Preventative Maintenance (PM) techs in troubleshooting and sequence/parameter modifications. The Controls crew has also upgraded 2 BAS in-house and they are actively pursuing energy conservation measures! What a rock star team!

Green PBL Fund Applications DUE NOV. 1!

Friendly reminder: Applications for the Green PBL Fund are due NO LATER THAN NOV. 1!

Sustainability Incentive Program materials can be found at:

Strategic Sourcing - and Conservation!

DCSD's Strategic Sourcing team manages the district surplus. Due to re-configuring of learning spaces at schools, they have a LOT of desks, chairs, and other furniture that they are working diligently to find a home for - ideally a home that doesn't include the landfill! If there isn't a need for it within the District, they partner with local charter schools, charities and non-profits to sell and/or donate items that have not been re-purposed.

Throughout 2015, Strategic Sourcing was able to donate an incredible amount of furniture to organizations such as the Orphan Grain Train, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Parker Performing Arts, for a total of:

  • 2,545 student desks
  • 110 teacher desks
  • 82 filing cabinets
  • 185 desk chair combinations
  • 945 student chairs
  • 5 storage cabinets, 2 bookshelves, and 2 trapezoid tables

Before you order new furniture, check out the Surplus Catalog! They may have exactly what you need for free within the District.

We are so happy that this furniture not only avoided the landfill, but actually went to help other children who need it. Thanks for all you do to make this happen, Strategic Sourcing!

WM Recycling Education Center!

Have you ever thought, "wow, it would be really nice to take some students to learn all about recycling from the source?" Did you know that Waste Management has its very own Recycling Education Center? Well, now you do, and here is how to set up a field trip to check it out!

  • Tours of the Education Center and Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site are available to students, teachers, and faculty at DCSD schools.
  • Adults (teachers and staff) who are over 18 are permitted to tour the Residential Recycling Facility as well as other sites mentioned above.
  • Tours will be offered on the first and third full weeks of the months on Tuesday or Thursday, between 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • There is a maximum of 25 children for any tour.
  • All tours must be accompanied by an adult.
  • To schedule a tour, please contact Lara Rezzarday at or 303-594-8389.
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Worm Composting in the Classroom


November 3

Denver Urban Gardens

1031 33rd Street, Suite 100

Denver, CO 80205

By November the garden is winding down, and we start to shift our focus to garden-related lessons in the indoor classroom. In this workshop, we walk you through the process of assembling and caring for a worm bin. Learn how to connect your worm bin to life cycle and decomposition lessons, and work with your students to create compost throughout the winter, which can be used in the springtime garden.

Worm bin and worms are included.

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