Sustain DCSD

February 2016

Go to the Collaboration Station!

Ever wondered what other schools are doing? Check out the Collaboration Station! Find the file for your school and upload things to share, or search other schools' projects for inspiration. 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.

Damon Clark, Life Safety Systems Lead & Educator

Huge shout out to Damon for being awesome! He has been working to help Cougar Run's hydroponics station get up and running again safely. He put together a team representing electrical, life safety, sustainability, parents, teachers, and students to problem-solve around the station, taking time to educate our students along the way. Great work Damon, thanks for what you do!

RXP Students Teach Recycling

Check out this awesome video! Roxborough Primary Green Team teaches the school community how they recycle at RXP! They use single-stream recycling through Waste Management, but also take those hard to recycle items to earn money through TerraCycle.

Incentive Program Update

For those of you participating in the Sustainability Incentive Program, here is a preview of what to plan for for the next couple months!

Establish a Green Team - (If you haven't already) ASAP

  • Green Teams should have at least one teacher champion and minimum of three students. However, we encourage schools to get as many students involved as possible. Green Teams will lead the charge in auditing and implementation of the action plan. You may consider expanding the Green Team to include other stakeholders like your building engineer.

Conduct a Pre-Audit - Recommended by Feb. 5, but no submission required at this time

  • ENERGY: Pre-audit must be a measurable case study as to how your school is using energy. This may include getting an average use of “energy vampires” like lamps, personal heaters, coffee makers, etc. It may include how many hours the school is using its lighting or what the set points are for your heating and cooling. We are giving you the latitude to create your own audit structure.
  • WASTE: Pre-audit must be a measurable case study as to how much and what kind of waste your school is producing. Please Note: High Schools must include the issue of litter on your campus.

  • TRANSPORTATION: Pre-audit must be a measurable case study as to how much and what kind of transportation your school is using. Please Note: High Schools must address the issue of single ridership. Elementary and Middle Schools must address idle zones during parent pick-up and drop-off.

  • You can use the Eco-Schools USA Audit Form, Green Up Our Schools, or another one that best fits your program. Feel free to check with Courtney if you are unsure.

Action Plan due to Courtney Kuntz by March 4th!

  • Identify the issue(s)?
  • What actions will you take to address these issue(s)?
  • Who is responsible to implement?
  • What is the timeline for implementation?
  • How will you monitor progress?
  • Identify 21st century skills that are addressed through your plan

Contact Courtney if you have any questions along the way!

DUG is hiring a Director of School Garden Programs

About the position: The Director of School Garden Programs is responsible for managing all youth education programs besides the in-classroom education program. This position will work closely with the current education team and the Director of Garden Support to connect current and potential gardeners with DUG’s youth education opportunities. Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage all youth programs including: Youth Farmers Markets, Connecting Generations Volunteers, Garden to Cafeteria, and Helping Kids Get Healthy Educator Workshops.
  • Manage budgeting, outreach, promotion and evaluation of youth education programs.
  • Draft and manage quarterly school garden newsletters.
  • Support the Director of Garden Support with school-based community garden leadership, new garden leader trainings and garden leader symposium.
  • Support the Director of Horticulture with public gardening workshops.
  • Attend necessary staff and program team meetings.
  • Assist Director of Development and Communications on relevant grants by providing program information as needed.
  • Tabling at relevant events.
  • Event support as needed.

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in education.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in nonprofit program management, with experience in youth education.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required; comfort with e-communications, phone communications, and in person meetings with a wide variety of people.
  • Excellent organizational, communication (written and oral) and time management skills, proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. This job entails supporting multiple programs and projects.
  • Computer proficiency and confidence with Apple, Google, Microsoft programs; Microsoft Office knowledge is a must.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in teams, and willingness to take initiative.

To apply: Please send your cover letter, resume, professional references, and minimum salary requirements in one PDF file to by Friday, February 12th.

About Denver Urban Gardens (DUG): Since 1985, DUG has offered neighborhoods the essential resources for community gardens. Denver Urban Gardens currently operates more than 150 community gardens throughout Metro Denver, including over 40 school-based community gardens. In addition to building and supporting community gardens, Denver Urban Gardens operates DeLaney Community Farm, the Master Composter Training Program, the Master Community Gardener Training Program, the Free Seeds and Transplants Program and provides extensive education in nutrition and gardening in Metro Denver schools.

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.