Sustain DCSD

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Sustainability at Douglas County School District

2015 is off to a great start for Sustain DCSD! LeeAnn Westfall assumed the role of Sustainability Manager last summer, Mike Duncan joined the team as the new Energy Manager in the fall, and Courtney Kuntz was hired as Sustainability Coordinator over the holidays to bring the team into full force. We are looking forward to working with all the school sustainability champions and wanted to provide you with all the resources we have available. Take some time to get to know us and see all the exciting resources at Sustain DCSD!


Sustainability Program "Meeting Space"

In an effort to create a collaborative space for all of you to share information with each other, we have created a Google Drive file called Sustainability Program. In it, you will find:

  • Open Discussions - This is our meeting space! We want all of you to post your questions, concerns, problems, and solutions in here so that we can learn from each other. There are so many amazing initiatives all around the district, and it will be great to be able to reach out to one another!
  • Eco-Schools - Here is some information on their auditing process.
  • Elementary Schools, High Schools, and Middle Schools - You will find your school name in each of these files. These are meant for you to share photos (make sure you have media releases from all students!), success stories, data, project outlines, anything you want us and other schools to know about your programs.
  • Incentive Program FY 14-15 - This is everything you need to know about this year's Energy, Waste and Consumption, and Behavioral Incentive Program. Be sure to register every year in order to participate.
  • Sustainability Updates - This is where the District Sustainability Team will share updates with you and file our newsletters.

We hope you are excited as we are to connect, share best practices, and solve our problems together!

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Red Apple Recycling

Have you seen those Little Red School Houses all over the district? Those are from our good friends over at Red Apple Recycling! Each semester, they conduct a Clothing Drive Challenge where the top 3 schools that collect the most during their clothing drive will win $750, $500, or $250 in addition to the 10 cents per pound paid for the donations made. To date, Red Apple Recycling has given over $8,000 to schools in DCSD.

There is no cost to participate, they provide the Little Red Schoolhouse, and they pick up the used clothing, shoes, and household textiles. Start your own Clothing Drive Challenge this spring!


TerraCycle is a waste collection program for previously non-recyclable, or difficult-to-recycle, waste. The collected waste is then converted to new products, ranging from recycled park benches to upcycled backpacks.

You can sign up for one of 40 Brigade Programs spanning food packaging (like drink pouches and candy wrappers) to office supplies (like pens and tape dispensers) to personal products (like cosmetic, beauty, and diaper packaging). Once you join, you can send your waste to TerraCycle and get credited for a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit or school of your choice. This is a free service, just box it up, print the label, and send it off.

So, get recycling and earn some funds for your school!

Crayola ColorCycle

Participating in ColorCycle with your school is as easy as 1-2-3-4!

1. Engage & Educate

Inform your school administrators or PTO/PTA about participating in the ColorCycle program.

2. Collect & Count

Set up a collection station in your school for used markers. Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! Count up all the markers.

3. Pack & Print

Pack markers in a cardboard box (with minimal outer markings). Print out a shipping label.

4. Ship & Smile

FedEx Ground will pick up the markers — Crayola pays all shipping charges! Finally, smile - you just saved the planet!

Green Education Foundation Green Week

National Green Week is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first full week in February and the end of Earth Month (April). Participating districts, schools, classrooms or youth groups choose a week, then select from GEF's sustainability focused programs to be their ‘green theme.’ Each theme provides 5 day standards-based lesson sets, activities, recommended reading, sustainability tips, contests, and more! Join over 10,000 schools and 5 million students in the largest sustainability education program running!

About National Green Week 2015

National Green Week 2015 kicked off February 2 and runs until May 2, 2015. You choose any week until during this timeframe to be your Green Week. Participate for the whole week, a day, or just one lesson, reading or activity. Schools and groups are encouraged to take this opportunity to spend time with students discussing sustainability topics and exploring ways they can make a difference.

It's easy, just follow these simple steps to start your program today!

  1. Become a GEF member here
  2. Pick any week between Feb 2 and May 2, 2015 to be your Green Week
  3. Select a sustainability themed program here and integrate grade specific lessons, activities and readings (located on the left menu of each theme) into your class during your chosen Green Week
  4. Complete this survey at the end of your Green Week (and be entered to win a $100 Amex gift card)
  5. Submit your program or project for a Green in Action Award (optional) prizes include $250 for your class or school
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. Have a great February!