Sustain DCSD

July 2016

Heritage Elementary Honored in Washington, D.C.!

As you may remember, Heritage Elementary received the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award on Earth Day this year. In July, they were invited to attend the national ceremony hosted at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.! The ceremony included remarks from John B. King, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education, Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and Christine Harada, the Administration's Federal Chief Sustainability Officer! The trip also included a tour and Q&A with the U.S. Department of Energy and a reception at the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.

Heritage joins an elite group of 47 schools, 15 school districts, and 11 post-secondary institutions honored with this incredible award this year. Congratulations again, Heritage!

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GRANT: Green Up Our Schools Due Aug. 12

Green Up Our Schools aims to reduce the amount of material sent to landfill through early student engagement. Elementary schools can apply for this amazing 3 year program including $2,000 to help your school reduce waste! They provide resources and ongoing guidance on how to conduct waste audits, recycle better, start composting, and comprehensive planning to address the waste issue. Applications for this round are due Aug. 12.

Check it out here!

Shout out to Chris Williams and the Warehouse!

Every year, schools dispose of immense amounts of outdated and excess textbooks. Chris Williams, Building Engineer at Northridge, reached out to us hoping for a better, more environmentally friendly way to get them out of the school. Turns out, the Warehouse does an incredible job of recycling textbooks! If you load them up on a pallet, Warehouse will come and pick them up for you. It's super easy, just email

Northridge Elementary alone recycled 2,613 pounds of books this month! Thank you Chris and Warehouse for being awesome!

Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education!

Each year the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) recognizes and honors individuals, organizations and schools from around the state of Colorado for their innovation and dedication to moving the field of environmental education forward. Click here for award information and how to nominate!

Environmental education (EE) is a life-long learning process that increases awareness about the environment and its systems while developing critical-thinking skills that enable responsible decision-making. Environmental Education can be inter-disciplinary and take place in a variety of settings, such as schools, parks, city neighborhoods, community gardens, businesses, higher education, media, zoos, museums, faith institutions, and more. Award nominees may also identify their work as sustainability, stewardship, STEM, interpretation, outdoor education/leadership, youth development, environmental justice, community-based/engagement, conservation, green schools etc.


  • Advancing Environmental Literacy Award
  • Enos A. Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Innovative Environmental Education Program Award (formal and nonformal programs)
  • Outstanding Environmental Educator Award (for formal, nonformal, volunteer educators)
  • Outstanding Retiring Educator Recognition
  • Outstanding Youth Environmental Leadership Award

Nominations are due September 19, 2016. Apply here!