APS: Natural & Renewable Resources

Weekly Newsletter: February 5th, 2016

Hi all,

Hope you're all having a great (short) week!

Snow days are great for many reasons: snowball fights, sleeping in, building a snowman, and of course, saving energy! When our buildings are unoccupied, our HVAC and Energy team works together to make sure that buildings are not running with occupied temperatures.

Speaking of our HVAC teams, if you'd like to have your students take a tour of their building to learn how heating, cooling, and water are circulated throughout the school (see pictures below), please email me and we will set it up!

Also, it is not too late for your school to participate in the Green Star Schools Program & Energy Challenge Competition for this semester. If you’d like to schedule a time to meet with me to learn more about the Green Star Schools Program or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Again, thank you so much for your support, interest, and passion for our students and the Green Star Schools Program.

TODAY IS FRIDAY, so please turn off and unplug for the weekend (Peyton Manning said so!)





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Congratulations to our participating schools for Fall semester! More than $41,000 were awarded back to those schools!

Aurora Frontier K-8 $500
Aurora Hills Middle School $650

Aurora West College Prep $2,900
Century Elementary $650
Dartmouth Elementary $300
East Middle School $5,800 – Top Performer for Middle School
Elkhart Elementary $1,400
Fletcher Community School $850
Fulton Academy $3,500
Hinkley High School $11,500 – Top Performer for High School (2 semesters running with a 2015-2016 cash incentive totally over $22,075)
Mrachek Middle School $650
Rangeview High School $5,100
Vassar Elementary $1,150
Virginia Court $400
Vista Peak Exploratory $4,800 – Top Performer for Elementary School
Wheeling Elementary $1,200


Poster Contest

All of Colorado’s K-12 students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 10th Annual Recycling Poster Contest, a project of the Education and Outreach Committee.

This year's theme: "Top 10 Reasons to Recycle"

Download the rules (PDF)


Ten (10) winners will receive prizes. One grand-prize winner receives a $100 gift card, and their winning artwork will serve as Colorado’s 2016 America Recycles Day (www.americarecyclesday.org) promotional piece and be distributed throughout the state. Plus, each school with winning entries will receive recycling educational materials and a free one-year teacher membership to RAFT Colorado.

Green Star Schools Program & APS Digital Badging Initiative

The Green Stars Playbook and Digital Claim Codes are available on the Google Drive so that your club members will be able to badge their efforts in making their schools more sustainable!

Here's how it works:

1. Students select an activity or reflect on a past activity and how it's defined by the "Journey" Badges (pictured).

2. Students complete activities that support their school in the Green Star Schools Program (Examples: go on a field trip to Alpine's Compost Facility, participate in the Colorado Assoc. for Recycling's Poster Contest--see below!--- etc.

3. Students upload evidence into credly.com (photos, reports, videos, links to websites, social media posts, etc.) using existing Claim Codes to earn designated badges.

4. An email will be sent to the student with confirmation of earned badge!

Confused, excited, unsure, elated, or would like a high-five?!

Send me an email or give me a call to go over this in more detail!

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