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DCSD Earth Week

It's Earth Week, and members of DCSD's Sustainability team have big plans they can’t wait to share with the community. On April 18, 19 and 20, attendees will discover student-led initiatives such as solar-powered cell phone charging stations and other initiatives that have created real change at their schools, urban garden kits and beehive sourcing information, and vendors like Denver Botanic Gardens and Red Apple Recycling.

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The U.S. Energy Department recently launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. Six school districts, including Douglas County School District, plus two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop zero energy design that is cost-competitive to conventional construction in the education sector and in local communities across the nation. A Zero Energy Building is an energy-efficient building, where on a source energy basis, the actual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy.

Highlands Ranch High School science teacher, Heather Berry, was honored for her work by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality in a ceremony at the White House this week. She is one of just 18 teachers from across the country who was recognized for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. 

Douglas County School District and our Office of Sustainability wish you a very happy Earth Day! Take a look at green efforts at schools around DCSD and link to some Earth-friendly info and tips!

Cherry Valley Elementary has been named a 2016 Healthy School Champion by the Colorado Education Initiative and has won the $500 Excellence Award for our school health efforts. The school was one of just 43 schools to receive this award.

Last month, students and staff at Larkspur Elementary School enjoyed a self-grown garden harvest soup, plus self-made desserts during their lunchtime. It was a meal they began preparing more than six months ago

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As Kelli Bainbridge walks through the hallways and classrooms of Pioneer Elementary School she is greeted by a lot of bright smiles and tons of hugs by students.

Sand Creek Elementary students celebrate Green Flag

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Members of Sand Creek Elementary School’s Green Team recently swarmed the flagpole. After months of hard work, each of the students wanted a chance to help raise their new Green Flag.

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) has plenty to celebrate. DCSD is a national leader in school sustainability, which is about more than just being environmentally friendly. It is also about saving money.

The U.S Department of Education showcased Douglas County School District’s sustainability efforts this week by visiting several of our schools as part of their Green Strides Best Practices Tour.

 On Wednesday a group of employees, representing just about every school and department gathered together for a sneak peek of the new tool that will revolutionize the way we do business here in the Douglas County School District.

Recently Castle Rock Elementary School (CRE) became the fourth school in the Douglas County School District to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award.

This month, two Douglas County schools were honored for their sustainability efforts, including efforts to reduce energy consumption and waste.

SCE students with Congressman Gardner

HIGHLANDS RANCH – U.S. Congressman Cory Gardner met with Sand Creek Elementary fifth graders yesterday to learn more about DCSD sustainability efforts.

Eco-Schools USA announced this week that Copper Mesa and Flagstone Elementary Schools have been selected as a “Green Flag” schools.

At Copper Mesa Elementary the simple act of walking to school is but part of a bigger picture.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored Douglas County School District (DCSD) with the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.