Sustain DCSD

Back to School Edition 2015

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Fall Style!

Welcome back! As you settle in and get your classrooms up and running, feel free to reach out to our office early and often. We have a lot of projects that will be launching this year, so stay tuned for some exciting announcements.

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.

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%! This significant decrease is important for children’s health and the environment. Vehicle pollutants can trigger asthma and lead to long-term health problems. This program offers older elementary and middle school students hands-on experience with data collection, analysis and community outreach.

ALAC is now accepting schools into this year’s program on a first come, first serve basis. Program participation requires a strong community champion (teacher or parent) and 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 Courtney Kuntz at by August 31st if you are interested in participating!

Brooke Homrighausen: Green Building Engineer

Let's give a sustainability shout out to Brooke Homrighausen, Building Engineer at Larkspur Elementary. In her first year at LES, Brooke has taken on a leadership role in the area of sustainability. Brooke collects, packs and ships all the TerraCycle waste collected by students. Not only has this earned money for the school, but serves as a way for students to reduce landfill waste and learn how they can give back. She has also taken on the responsibilities of textile recycling through Red Apple Recycling. Brooke will be scheduling and spreading the word about clothing drives. During these drives, LES will earn 10 cents for every pound of textiles collected. Thanks Brooke for leading the way in sustainability at LES so that our students can lead tomorrow!

Red Apple Recycling Clothing Drive Challenge

14 DCSD schools participated in the Spring Clothing Drive Challenge by Red Apple Recycling, diverting a total of 16,801 pounds of textiles from the landfill! Congratulations to the following winners of the cash prize!

1st Place $750.00 Timber Trail Elementary

2nd Place $500.00 Northridge Elementary

3rd Place $250.00 Cougar Run Elementary

In addition to these prizes, all schools received 10 cents per pound collected during the drive! It's easy to participate, just

1. Call Red Apple Recycling to get a Little Red School House at your school.

2. Host a clothing drive.

3. Celebrate how much clothing you just diverted from the landfill. Great job!

EPA Blog Features CRUN Parent Volunteer

Kim Bartels is an amazing parent volunteer helping Cougar Run run its waste audit and waste free programming. Check out her article in the EPA Blog!

Parent University: Raising Eco-Kids

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 9-11am

3350 Summit View Parkway

Highlands Ranch, CO

Who? Parents who want to know how to help their kids and schools implement easy sustainable strategies.

What? Workshop and Parent Field Trip

Where? Heritage Elementary

Why? Kids spend more time indoors than any generation before them. 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.

Register here!

Class includes a parent field trip to an Eco-Schools USA Green Flag Award winning school!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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GOCO School Play Yard Initiative Grant Opportunity


Support schools and local governments in constructing age appropriate play yards where kids have an opportunity for unstructured play and outdoor learning. All play yards must be designed, in part, by the student population to ensure the components constructed are the most appealing and beneficial to the users they will serve.


Schools can apply if they partner with an eligible local government, such as a city, county or parks and recreation district. These entities can sponsor projects on behalf of ineligible entities like school districts as well as unincorporated cities and towns and community groups.


Applications for the 2016 grant program is a two-step process. First, schools will participate in a competitive grant process for professional design services. Second, schools selected for those services will compete for funds to construct their projects.

Start now by downloading the 2016 application for design support

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