Special Earth Day Editon

New opportunity - Classroom recycle bins for your school!

The DCSD Office of Sustainability received a grant which will allow us to supply approximately 20 Douglas County School District schools with classroom recycling bins. Schools who receive bins will need to complete these steps:

1. Pre-audit waste assessment

2. Create a school waste management plan

3. Post-audit waste assessment.

Interested? Click the button below for full process and application instructions. Photos and specifications of classroom bins are available here.

Thank you to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for this generous grant!

Celebrate Earth Day with us this Wednesday at Earth Day Extravaganza!

Mountain Vista High School

April 24, 2019


Earth Day Extravaganza 2019 Schedule of Events

4:30-5:45 - Freight Farm Tours, EV Charging Station Demo with electric cars, Interactive Table Displays, School and Partner Tables

5:45-6:15 - Presentation - Delia Malone from the Sierra Club will discuss Grey wolf recovery in the west

6:15-6:40 - Eco-Awards and UP-Cycle Displays

6:40-7:00 - Interactive Table Displays, School and Partner Tables

All DCSD staff and families are invited to Coloradoscaping - a garden and lawn-care workshop

The Colorado State University Extension Office is excited to bring all Douglas County residents an excellent resource for gardening and lawn-care at home. Join us this Saturday April 27th at Rocky Heights Middle School to learn about turf-grass management, edible gardens, xeriscaping and pest management.
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NASA wants your Earth Day photos!

NASA has a new social media campaign to gear up its audience for Earth Day, an annual event to celebrate our planet – and the importance of protecting the environment – on Monday (April 22).

Social media users on Instagram, Twitter and the NASA Earth Facebook event page can post a close-up photo of their favorite natural features on our home planet. This could include "ancient trees, blooming flowers, or stunning sunsets," NASA officials said in a statement. Be sure to use the hashtag #PictureEarth and explain where the photo was taken — and to upload your photo on April 22 to qualify.

NASA plans to showcase these photos in videos and composite images that the agency will share on social media after Earth Day.

According to research from the National Renewable Energy Lab, the United States is expected to add more than 6 million acres of solar farms and facilities by 2050. In addition to hosting solar panels, however, more and more environmentalists are taking advantage of this energy farmland by planting wildflowers that are critical to the survival of honeybees and butterflies. Source: Good News Network January 19, 2019. Read the full article here

A Thank You Message to Our Readers:

Thank you to each and every one of our readers for the difference you make everyday in making our planet a better place. No matter how you make a difference - in the classroom, at work or at home, your positive changes will impact our planet for years to come. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to environmental sustainability. Happy Earth Day!

- The DCSD Office of Sustainability & Steering Committee.


Beth Church

Sustainability Coordinator

Heather Berry

Sustainability Learning Specialist