Sustain DCSD

May 2015

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Got Style?

On Earth Day, we were proud to launch the logo for the DCSD Office of Sustainability. Our tagline, It's a Lifestyle, represents the lifelong commitment to making sustainable choices. It is about all the simple actions we take in our everyday lives toward conservation of energy, water, air, nature, finances, ourselves, and our communities. We buy items with less packaging. We turn off the lights when we aren't using them. We print less and recycle what we do print. We use reusable containers for lunch. We carpool, walk, and ride bike when it makes sense. We are not perfectly sustainable, but we choose sustainable as much as we can. We inspire our students, teachers, parents, colleagues, and friends to do the same. Sustainability: It's a lifestyle. Got style?

This is just a friendly reminder for those of you participating in the 14-15 Incentive Program that your Post-Audits are due TODAY, May 1.

COO tour of sustainable schools!

Sedalia, Pioneer, and Heritage elementary schools graciously hosted Thomas Tsai, Chief Operating Officer of Douglas County School District (DCSD), as he toured sustainable initiatives throughout the district. Tsai was visiting a few schools to learn more about their journey toward sustainability. Chicken coops, gardens, composting, Walk or Wheel Wednesdays, upcycled jewelry and crafts, and energy conservation were just some of the wide range of green initiatives students demonstrated. All three schools did a wonderful job, thanks for all your work!

Green Up Our Schools Grant Program

Rolling application is now available! All elementary schools in DCSD are welcome to apply for the 2015-2016 school year!
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Cherry Valley Elementary's Mobile Agriculture Lab

CVE's garden is ready to hit the road! Students, parents, and teachers were hard at work on Earth Day. The PTO built the Mobile Agriculture Lab and kids filled beds with dirt in order to plant soon. The trailer will move to various families over the summer for watering and tending. There are even two composting bins built on it. So much learning will happen with the mobile lab! CVE's got style!
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Learn to Compost

In partnership with Denver Recycles, Denver Urban Gardens offers free classes in composting several times a month from April through October. All public compost classes are hosted at the compost demonstration site at their Gove Community Garden, located at 13th and Colorado in Denver.

Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 - 11:00am (Worm Workshop)
Wednesday, May 13th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 16th, 9:00 - 11:00am (Build-A-Pile)
Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 9:00 - 11:00am
Wednesday, May 27th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 30th, 9:00 - 11:00am

Each compost class is a two-hour, hands-on workshop in the basics of backyard composting. Worm Workshops are special classes that cover vermicomposting techniques. Build-A-Pile Workshops are special classes in which participants help to build an entire compost pile, and receive hands-on experience in incorporating different materials into a compost pile, chopping ingredients, watering, and turning the pile.

All workshops will be open for registration one month before each class date. For dates and to register:

Introduction to Garden-based Cooking

Thursday, May 7th, 5:30-7:30pm

1031 33rd Street

Denver, CO

Taste, flavor, cook! Students love cooking from the garden, but it can sometimes be a stressful activity for teachers and garden leaders. Learn how to lead engaging cooking classes, how to teach knife skills safely and simple cooking activities that can be used in any garden situation. Our partner, Slow Food Denver, will lead this engaging workshop!

Cost: $20. The fee for this workshop covers the cost of materials. The fee for this workshop covers the cost of materials. Full and partial scholarships are available upon request.

More information can be found at


Sustainability Program "Meeting Space"

Don't forget to use the Sustain DCSD collaborative space on Google Drive called Sustainability Program. If you aren't able to access it, just email us and we will invite you to it. 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.
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.